A woman in Scunthorpe who saw a man push the 12-year-old friend of her son off his bike and ride off on it chased after him in her car and helped bring the thief to justice.
Darren Boyd, aged 31, was jailed for 12 months at Grimsby Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery in connection with the incident on 22 September, reports Grimsby Live.
The court heard how the boy had ridden his bike, worth £1,000, to his friend’s house and was waiting outside when Boyd emerged from an alleyway and pushed him from the bike from behind.
Grabbing the bike, he rode off, with the boy getting into his friend’s mother’s car as she drove after him.
Boyd managed to get out of their sight a couple of times, but on both occasions they managed to spot him again.
The second time, he came towards the car on the bike and the woman got out and shoved him off it, with the boy grabbing his bicycle.
Boyd was said to be in pain as he writhed around on the ground, with passers-by helping detain him until the arrival of the police.
In a statement, the boy who owned the bike said: "I'm completely shaken up. It reduced me to tears.
"The bike was a Christmas present. I am concerned it will happen again.”
He added: “I am always looking over my shoulder."
The court was told that Boyd had 14 previous convictions for a variety of offences including theft and assault.
In mitigation, Nigel Sloane said that Boyd had managed to control his previous drug abuse for around a decade but suffered a relapse when his mother died unexpectedly.
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