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Darlington bike thief tried to sell his swag online, court told
A THIEF stole bikes worth more than £2,000 and tried to sell them over the internet, a court was told.
Carl Hollywood appeared before magistrates in Darlington on Thursday (August 15).
Prosecutor Deborah Hodge said he and another man had been caught on CCTV breaking into bike sheds at the Aldi warehouse, on Faverdale Industrial Estate, on July 19.
The 24-year-old, of Dinsdale Crescent, Darlington, admitted four counts of theft.
He used bolt cutters to snap the locks off some of the bikes, said Mrs Hodge.
The bikes, which belonged to Aldi staff, were put up for sale on classified listings website Gumtree, said Mrs Hodge.
Hollywood initially gave no response to police when interviewed, but eventually accepted his responsibility.
Mrs Hodge said he had previous convictions for theft offences from between 2004 and 2010.
District Judge Adrian Lower adjourned sentencing until September 5, to allow time for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Hollywood, whose accomplice has not been identified, was granted conditional bail.
He must live at Dinsdale Crescent while on bail, as well as reporting to Darlington police station once a week.
Judge Lower warned him that all options for sentencing would be considered.