Michael Purkiss jailed after being caught riding stolen bikes in Southampton

Daily Echo: Man jailed after being caught riding stolen bikes Man jailed after being caught riding stolen bikes

A MAN has been jailed and another received a supervision order after being caught by police riding stolen bicycles in Southampton.

Michael Purkiss and Stuart Poole were stopped on Tunstall Road, Thornhill, last September riding bikes that were identified as stolen from a nearby communal cycle storage facility.

The bikes were seized by officers and another bike reported as stolen was recovered from Purkiss' back garden during a search of his home.

A search warrant was issued at Poole's flat and a bike being repaired as found in his kitchen.

It was identified as having been stolen from St Denys train station.

Purkiss, 50, of Tunstall Road, Southampton, and Poole, 52, of Hinkler Road, both pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods at Southampton Magistrates' Court.

Poole received a 12-month supervision order and Purkiss was sentenced to prison for 24 weeks.

All of the recovered bikes were returned to their owners by police.

Investigating officer PC Ian Swan, from Bitterne police station, said: “We receive a number of stolen bike reports every single day. Many of them, including the ones identified in this case, are locked and chained up at the time of their theft. As a cyclist I know how upsetting it can be if a bike is taken..

“We do recover a large number of stolen and lost bikes, many of which are not returned to their owners, because they are not reported as lost or stolen. Those that are recorded and reported properly stand a much better chance of being returned to their rightful owner.”

Crime prevention advice for cyclists

 Hampshire Constabulary has the following crime prevention advice for cyclists: • If your bike is left unattended for any amount of time please use the correct level of security, using a reputable D lock, and if possible combine it with a wire cable.

• Lock the bike to something else if possible, and in an area that only you have access to in a communal building. If your bike is left in a shed or garage, is that outbuilding secure? You could use tamperproof bolts to increase security on these outbuildings.

• Consider fitting an alarm where your bike is stored. Battery operated passive infra red (PIR) detector alarms with a loud siren can be used if mains electricity is not available. They cost around £20.

• If possible keep the bike out of sight. If a bike can be seen over a wall or fence or through the window of a shed or garage it could be targeted by thieves.

• Take a photograph of your bike and record the frame or serial number, along with any unique parts you have fitted. Store the information online if possible, so that it can be easily retrieved.

• If your bike has been stolen please do not touch anything which may have been handled or touched by the thieves to allow police to conduct forensic investigation if required.

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10:29am Mon 14 Jul 14

wwozzer says...

" If your bike has been stolen please do not touch anything which may have been handled or touched by the thieves to allow police to conduct forensic investigation if required."

Forensic investigation? What a load of nonsense, you'll be lucky if they even bother to visit the crime scene no matter what the value of what's been stolen.

When my 8k jet ski was pinched they certainly didn't, I was fobbed off with a crime number over the phone.

They will have literally stumbled across these push bikes, the bloke will have had a load of previous which is why he was investigated and jailed. Don't for one second imagine they will ever do some sort of CSI job if your property is stolen. They're not interested.
" If your bike has been stolen please do not touch anything which may have been handled or touched by the thieves to allow police to conduct forensic investigation if required." Forensic investigation? What a load of nonsense, you'll be lucky if they even bother to visit the crime scene no matter what the value of what's been stolen. When my 8k jet ski was pinched they certainly didn't, I was fobbed off with a crime number over the phone. They will have literally stumbled across these push bikes, the bloke will have had a load of previous which is why he was investigated and jailed. Don't for one second imagine they will ever do some sort of CSI job if your property is stolen. They're not interested. wwozzer
  • Score: 27

11:23am Mon 14 Jul 14

Beer Monster says...

I have to agree with wwozzer here, I've had loads of bicycles stolen from me over the years, and have always been told by the police that I'll almost certainly never see the bike again.

Had one stolen from Waterloo storage facility a few years ago, and when I went to report it they said that they didn't record images on their CCTV, it was merely a deterrent.

I've only ever once been told that the police had recovered one of my stolen bikes. Unfortunately it was found in France so they couldn't recover it.

Thankfully I'm not a cruel b@stard, otherwise I'd have taken up my mates suggestion of electrifying my locks.
I have to agree with wwozzer here, I've had loads of bicycles stolen from me over the years, and have always been told by the police that I'll almost certainly never see the bike again. Had one stolen from Waterloo storage facility a few years ago, and when I went to report it they said that they didn't record images on their CCTV, it was merely a deterrent. I've only ever once been told that the police had recovered one of my stolen bikes. Unfortunately it was found in France so they couldn't recover it. Thankfully I'm not a cruel b@stard, otherwise I'd have taken up my mates suggestion of electrifying my locks. Beer Monster
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Nad1 says...

These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?
These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test? Nad1
  • Score: 0

2:32pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Big Mac says...

Should have just taken the saddle off and made him ride around on it for another 6 months.
Should have just taken the saddle off and made him ride around on it for another 6 months. Big Mac
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Mon 14 Jul 14

wwozzer says...

Nad1 wrote:
These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?
You haven't thought it through have you.
[quote][p][bold]Nad1[/bold] wrote: These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?[/p][/quote]You haven't thought it through have you. wwozzer
  • Score: 3

5:31pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

I'm glad my locks are incredibly resistent to cutting attacks.
I'm glad my locks are incredibly resistent to cutting attacks. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -2

10:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

mike coll says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I'm glad my locks are incredibly resistent to cutting attacks.
Do tell, how many times have your bikes been attacked?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I'm glad my locks are incredibly resistent to cutting attacks.[/p][/quote]Do tell, how many times have your bikes been attacked? mike coll
  • Score: -6

8:25am Tue 15 Jul 14

Nad1 says...

wwozzer wrote:
Nad1 wrote:
These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?
You haven't thought it through have you.
Enlighten me. Bikes were stolen and recovered. They tested the recovered bikes to see what forensics were on them. Your item was stolen and not recovered. What are they testing?
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nad1[/bold] wrote: These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?[/p][/quote]You haven't thought it through have you.[/p][/quote]Enlighten me. Bikes were stolen and recovered. They tested the recovered bikes to see what forensics were on them. Your item was stolen and not recovered. What are they testing? Nad1
  • Score: 0

11:09am Tue 15 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

First comment is spot on. My bike was stolen from outside my work right underneath a Debenhams security camera - which didn't show the thief leaving.

I gave the police everything. Frame number, unique parts photograph, my postcode which was engraved on the bottom of the crankset bracket. Never seen again. Useless.
First comment is spot on. My bike was stolen from outside my work right underneath a Debenhams security camera - which didn't show the thief leaving. I gave the police everything. Frame number, unique parts photograph, my postcode which was engraved on the bottom of the crankset bracket. Never seen again. Useless. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

9:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

wwozzer says...

Nad1 wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
Nad1 wrote:
These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?
You haven't thought it through have you.
Enlighten me. Bikes were stolen and recovered. They tested the recovered bikes to see what forensics were on them. Your item was stolen and not recovered. What are they testing?
Really? ......ok

"If your bike has been stolen please do not touch anything which may have been handled or touched by the thieves to allow police to conduct forensic investigation if required."

I think most people rightly interpret that to mean don't touch anything at the SCENE, ie shed door handles, broken locks etc because it may ruin any forensic evidence.

My point is (which I think most people got) that the police don't even bother to visit the scene of the crime let alone carry out forensics
[quote][p][bold]Nad1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nad1[/bold] wrote: These bikes were tested when they were recovered. If your stuff wasn't found what do you expect them to forensically test?[/p][/quote]You haven't thought it through have you.[/p][/quote]Enlighten me. Bikes were stolen and recovered. They tested the recovered bikes to see what forensics were on them. Your item was stolen and not recovered. What are they testing?[/p][/quote]Really? ......ok "If your bike has been stolen please do not touch anything which may have been handled or touched by the thieves to allow police to conduct forensic investigation if required." I think most people rightly interpret that to mean don't touch anything at the SCENE, ie shed door handles, broken locks etc because it may ruin any forensic evidence. My point is (which I think most people got) that the police don't even bother to visit the scene of the crime let alone carry out forensics wwozzer
  • Score: 0
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