Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

Bloke helps stranger fix bike only to realise it’s his and had just been stolen

A generous bloke stopped off on the way home from night shift to help a stranger fix their bike – only to realise that the bike he was fixing was his own, and it had been stolen only minutes before.

John Devlin, 64, stopped to help repair the handlebars of the bicycle that Paul Hartey, 46, had earlier taken from his shed in Glasgow's Drumchapel on June 18, 2021.

Mr Devlin was part way though fixing the bike when he suddenly noticed the distinctive stickers on its frame. Further inspection revealed that his helmet was still strapped to the cycle too.

He pointed out to the thief "That's mine" only for Hartey to run off down the street. Mr Devlin gave chase and yesterday Hartey found himself in the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court, reports Glasgow Live.

Accused of forcing open a lockfast shed and stealing the bike, Hartey pleaded guilty. He also admitted having a knife without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC jailed the defendant for 15 months.

The court heard Mr Devlin's wife Linda woke up at 6.30am to see the shed door broken and items strewn everywhere.

Mr Devlin headed home 10 minutes later from a nightshift.

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Prosecutor Shona Howie said: "He saw Hartey on the street looking like he is trying to fix a bike on his hands and knees.

"Mr Devlin stopped and said 'do you need a hand, I will help you fix it'."

Hartey complained that the handlebars were not working.

Miss Howie added: "As he tried to fix it, Mr Devlin recognised stickers and helmet attached to the bike.

"He recognised it to be his bike and said 'that's my bike'."

Hartey pulled out a knife before making off and was tailed by Mr Devlin.

A 999 call was made and Hartey was later apprehended.

Keith Tuck, defending, told the court that Hartey had been under the influence of drugs and cannot recall the incident.

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