Irish judge imposes rare jail sentence on man caught stealing bikes

Posted on: January 13th, 2019

An Irish judge has sentenced a man repeatedly caught stealing bikes to a term of imprisonment.


A man convicted of stealing bicycles in Cork has been jailed by a judge in the city for eight months. The crime rarely results in a prison term.

However, Robert Cambridge from Comeragh Park, The Glen, Cork, was jailed after it emerged he was charged with multiple counts.

He appeared before Cork District Court charged with six counts of stealing bikes worth an average of €500 each.

All of the thefts took place last year. And based on the evidence heard in court, gardai carried out a significant investigation to prosecute him.

Sgt John Kelleher gave evidence to the court and said one of the thefts occurred outside the Rising Son Bar on Cornmarket St last March.

The owner had locked it to a pole and when he returned it was gone.

Other thefts occurred outside St John’s College in May, Grand Parade and Daunt Square in October and from South Mall in November.

However, it was for the theft of a bike on April 26th from outside Debenhams shop in Cork that he was caught.

After the incident was reported to the gardai, CCTV recorded in the area was viewed. One of the gardai recognised Cambridge, who has a string of previous convictions.

Once he was identified from the recording he was arrested. And when being questioned about the bike he admitted other thefts that were put to him.

He also admitted having heroin, last February, though that was dealt with separately by the court and a six-month sentence hand down.

The court was told Cambridge had previous convictions for drugs including having them for his own use and to sell.

Furthermore, he had been before the courts previously for bike thefts and was convicted four times for that crime.