Thieves’ Gumtree ad leads Norwich man back to his stolen bike

PUBLISHED: 16:15 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 10 July 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Adrian Judd.

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A couple were caught red-handed trying to sell a stolen bike when the owner spotted their advert on Gumtree and managed to buy it back for £30 after alerting police, a court heard.

Stephen Shears, 26, and Jemma Seymour, 29, advertised the stolen bike, along with a stolen child’s bike for £60 on the online advertising site Gumtree, Norwich Crown Court was told.

John Farmer, prosecuting, said when police attended the address and carried out a search they found heroin with a street value of £400 and cocaine and cannabis.

Shears, of no fixed address, and Seymour, of Gentry Place, Norwich, both admitted handling stolen goods.

Shears also admitted possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of cocaine and cannabis.

He also admitted stealing a jar containing staff tips amounting to £15 to £20 from the Cafe Bar Marzano at Norwich’s Forum, after he was caught on CCTV taking the cash.

Shears was jailed for two years and one month.

Seymour, who admitted allowing her premises to be used for drugs and handling stolen goods was given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £30 compensation to the victim of the bike theft.

Michael Clare, for Shears, said he was homeless at the time and addicted to heroin: “Heroin has been the ruin of him.”

He said Shears needed cash to feed his heroin habit and was not getting any benefits at the time.

Mr Clare said Shears was a very low level dealer and sold drugs to a small group of friends to help pay for his own drugs.

“He is not some character from Miami Vice. He is the very lowest level of drug supplier. The profits have all gone up his arm.”

John Morgans, for Seymour, said she had since the offence turned her life around and was no longer in a relationship with Shears, who was not a positive influence on her life.

“She has made real progress.”

He said she had got support from her family and said: “She is ashamed to be here. She is no longer in a relationship with the co-accused.”

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