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Four-month curfew between 9pm and 6am for Peterborough thief

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A man who stole a bicycle and Pokémon cards in Peterborough has been given a curfew by the courts. Robert McColl, 31, entered Sainsburys in Oxney Road on 23 January and concealed £125 worth of Pokémon cards in his jacket before leaving the store without paying.

Three days later, he was arrested in Peterborough City Centre after CCTV operators recognised him as being wanted and alerted officers to him being stood near Boots in Long Causeway.

He was later charged with theft from a shop, as well as theft of a bicycle after he was caught on camera stealing a bicycle that was locked to a bike rack in Exchange Street, Rivergate, on 28 June last year.

McColl, of Oundle Road, Alwalton, admitted both offences and appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday (4 March) where he was sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for two years.

Robert McColl caught on camera stealing a bicycle that was locked to a bike rack in Exchange Street, Rivergate, on 28 June last year

Robert McColl caught on camera stealing a bicycle that was locked to a bike rack in Exchange Street, Rivergate, on 28 June last year

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He must also complete a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR), pay £899.99 in compensation to the victim of the bike theft and adhere to a four-month curfew between 9pm and 6am.

PC Sam McCarthy, who investigated, said: “Theft can have a big impact on victims, especially financially.

“I would like to thank the victims of these offences for reporting to us, and encourage individuals to report any theft incidents, regardless of the value, so we can identify the individuals and put them before the courts.”

Advice on how best to protect your bike from theft can be found on the force’s dedicated webpages.

 

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