Cyclist spotted his stolen bike on eBay

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A DERBYSHIRE man was caught with a stolen £1,400 mountain bike after the owner spotted it for sale on eBay, a court heard.

Joe Bowman’s bike went missing from his Grindleford home last October and after informing the police he scoured eBay in case it was advertised there.

Chesterfield magistrates heard Mr Bowman saw his bike on the website 12 days after the theft.

The cycle photographed in the advertisement had the same modifications Mr Bowman had made himself, including new handlebars and pedals.

When police investigated they linked the bike to plasterer Richard Bramley, aged 25, of Main Road, Bradwell, who told them he had bought it second hand then put it on eBay for auction.

Bramley admitted handling stolen goods when he appeared before Chesterfield magistrates and was ordered to carry out 85 hours of unpaid work.

Rosemary Lake, prosecuting, said: “Police found the bike in the rear garden of a property.

“He said he liked the look of it and went to Rotherham to see it on October 16 and bought it for £500.

“His rather convoluted story doesn’t really tie in.”

John Kavanagh, defending said: “When he realised something was wrong he put it on eBay to try and get rid of it.”