Derbyshire firm ‘gob-smacked’ over ‘leniency’ shown to thieves

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Owners at a New Mills electric bike firm say they are ‘gob-smacked’ at the ‘leniency’ shown to a thief who stole bikes valued at £6,000 from their shop.

Juicy Bikes in New Mills was broken into on the evening of Friday May 22 by a gang who smashed through a glazed door, setting off alarms and sending shards of glass throughout the showroom.

They then helped themselves to six brand new boxed bikes from the rear of the workshop, some ready to be shipped out to customers and some waiting to be prepared.

However, the thieves were caught within 24 hours after attemtping to sell the bikes back to the shop.

Two people pleaded guilty to the offence and, on Tuesday, one was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years, with 250 hours community service.

The firm say both they and the police are ‘gob-smacked at the leniency shown’ to the thieves.

The second, who was also brought to court on Tuesday, is now on remand in prison, and will be sentenced on November 23.

The shop’s owners were not invited to court for the first sentencing but say they plan to attend court for the second on November 23 to put their case for costs, which they estimate to be up to £1000.

At the first sentencing the judge did not award any costs to the firm and they were not invited to attend court.