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Bristol bike thief jailed for 20 months

Custody image of Lewis Collins
Lewis Collins was jailed for 20 months.

A thief who admitted stealing a large number of bikes in Bristol has been jailed.

Lewis Collins was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (Monday 12 June) for 39 offences.

The 27-year-old admitted carrying out the crimes between November 2021 and March 2023, often cutting locks and stealing them from storage locations in the city centre.

Collins, of no fixed address, was jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to 20 counts of theft and handling stolen goods and asking for another 19 offences of handling stolen goods to be taken into consideration.

PC Louise Jones, officer in the case, said: “We know how devastating the impact of bike thefts can be. Depending on the victim’s circumstances such thefts can prevent people from being able to get to work and always cause a huge amount of distress.

“One of the victims in this case found Lewis Collins attempting to sell their stolen bike online and reported it to us.

“Officers traced Collins and after we attended to recover the bike, analysis of his mobile phone found lots of photographs of suspected stolen bikes on the device. We cross-referenced the bikes photographed with outstanding theft reports on our system and established Collins had been involved in dozens of bike thefts over a significant period of time.

“We hope the prison sentence he has received this week is a warning to thieves that we will always try to bring them to justice and we continue to encourage any victims who have a bike stolen to report it to the police.”