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Bristol bike thief sentenced

A man from Bristol who filmed himself stealing and joyriding a large number of motor vehicles and posted the videos on social media, has been jailed for 7 years.

Tyreece Ancel, 18, of Danby Street in Lockleaze appeared at Bristol Crown Court today (Tuesday 29 October) charged with multiple motorbike and vehicle theft-related offences.

He stole, joyrode and destroyed a significant number motorbikes and cars from victims across Bristol between 2016 and 2019.

Ancell admitted conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to steal. These encompassed a total of 33 offences – 17 burglaries/16 theft of a motor vehicle.

Ancel was arrested on 28 June on suspicion of theft of a motorbike. A search of the property he was living at revealed a high value mountain bike later found to have been stolen from a burglary and officers seized evidence in which Ancel documented himself committing a number of the offences he has been charged with.

Police Constable Kevin Webb said: “This is a really significant result for Operation Remedy and we are delighted that such a serial offender is off the streets of Bristol.

“We understand Ancel was a key part of a criminal group responsible for many of these crimes and our message to his associates or anyone considering committing similar offences is clear; this will not be tolerated and we will use all resources available to us to apprehend criminals.

“We are committed to tackling those responsible for burglary and encourage local residents to follow our latest burglary prevention advice, particularly regarding securing motor bikes at home.”

Follow these tips to keep your motorbike safe from thieves

  • Lock your motorcycle to something immovable like railings, lamp posts or a bike post. Keep chains as tight to the machine as possible and try to ensure they are off the ground.
  • Park your motorcycle where it can be seen, not tucked away in the corner of a dark car park.
  • Always lock your motorcycle at home. Use a cover over your motorcycle if it is outside. If you can, keep your motorcycle in an alarmed secure garage.
  • Use a proprietary part marking system like Datatag or Alpha Dot to deter professional thieves and help trace your motorcycle if it is stolen.
  • The use of approved anti-theft devices such as Sold Secure or Thatcham may help reduce your insurance premium.