CRIME certainly didn’t pay for an Acocks Green crook who was jailed for selling a stolen bike on eBay – after his advert was spotted by the surprised owner of the £2,000 cycle.
Jason Daniels, 31, of Tavistock Road, was imprisoned for a total of 13 months after Judge Martin Coates heard Daniels had previously appeared in court on dishonesty charges on more than 20 occasions.
Warwick Crown Court heard that Niall Jamieson from Ettington, near Stratford-upon-Avon, had his Trek bike and a £600 tool kit stolen from his home last November.
Scanning ebay, Mr Jamieson recognised his £2,000 cycle for sale at £1,000 along with the kit and alerted police who traced Daniels to his Birmingham home.
But, the court heard, Daniels had already sold the bike and tool kit to two separate and innocent, buyers.
Officers also found a £1,500 Epic cycle stolen from a second victim, Dr Simon Bach, from Dorridge.
Daniels told police he bought the bikes at car boot sales but he pleaded guilty to two charges of handling stolen property and was jailed for nine months.
He was also ordered to serve a consecutive four-month sentence, imposed in July 2008 and previously suspended, for a similar offence.
And Daniels was told to pay £2,400 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, with some of the cash going to compensate the innocent buyers of the bike and tool kit.