Police nab bike thief after recognising his wallpaper in photo

Carpet fitter Craig Evans stole over £6,000 worth of bikes but dropped himself in it when he posted the pictures on the Gumtree auction site

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A common problem for people who sell goods online is finding a picture that shows the product in its best light.

Bike thief Craig Evans, however, was caught out when the police recognised his house décor in his photos on Gumtree.

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He also took a Cube Analogue and a Giant Anthem from Park Square, Great Ayton, two weeks earlier.

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Jailing Evans for 18 weeks, Magistrate Nigel Bacon said: "These would have been distressing offences for the individuals concerned."

The 31-year-old carpet fitter admitted stealing over £6,000 worth of bikes at Northallerton Magistrates Court, having targeted the Stokesley area.

Evans took a £3,000 Scott Foil from Stokesley High Street last August 3, and handled a £600 Carrera Kraken mountain bike the following day.

According to the Northern Echo, the thief would wait until the cyclists stopped for food before pedaling away on their bike.