Man, 21, sold stolen mountain bikes to Cash Converters
A STROUD man who sold four stolen mountain bikes to Cash Converters was caught after giving his name and address to shop staff, a court heard.
Anthony Marks, aged 21, of Mathews Way, Paganhill, pleaded guilty to two counts of dishonestly receiving goods and two counts of fraud by false representation at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, October 29.
The four bikes, two of which were high value, had all been taken from the same garden shed between September 22 and September 26.
The court heard that on September 25 Marks was walking to the shops in Paganhill when he was approached by a man who offered him two bikes.
He bought them for £100 and later sold them to Cash Converters for £400.
On a separate occasion Marks was approached by a different man in Nouncells Cross who also offered him two bikes, the court heard.
Marks paid £10 for each bike and sold them to Cash Converters at £30 each.
The court heard that Marks couldn't offer police an explanation to where the bikes came from.
His defence solicitor Joe Maloney said: "He was doomed to get caught because he gave his details to Cash Converters.
"At a time when he was desperate he sold them as a short term fix.
"He regrets it but thankfully the goods have been recovered and returned to the rightful owner."
Marks was given a 12 month community order with supervision to include a 20 session Think First programme.
He was also ordered to pay £460 compensation to Cash Converters.