A man who took a taxi to a job interview because he was running late then stole a bike to get home since he had no money left has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay copmpensation to the victim.
Nathan Wint, 27, took the unlocked bike worth £560 from the premises where his interview had been due to take place at Gordon Banks Way in Trentham Lakes, Stoke-on-Trent.
Despite taking a taxi to try and get to the interview on time, he arrived late and the interview did not go ahead, reports the Burton Mail.
Wint, from Silverdale in Stoke, was identified through CCTV images and told police that he had taken the bike to ride home, but abandoned it on the way due to a flat tyre.
At North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Colin Drew said in Wint’s defence: "It was an extremely foolish act by this young man.
“He had used £12 to pay for a taxi to get him to the job interview.
“The interview did not proceed. He was completely out of funds and as a result he took the bike.
"It was taken simply for the purpose of getting him home."
Magistrates gave him a 12-month conditional discharge and told him to pay the bike’s owner £450.
He was also ordered to pay £135 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Yesterday, we reported on another instance of bike theft where the lateness of the perpetrator was cited as a factor.
That involved a high school student from Hackettstown, New Jersey in the United States who stole a bike to get to school on time.
The 16-year-old, who was not name, was charged with theft and tips by police on how he could avoid being late in future.
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