King’s Lynn man admits handling stolen bike wheel

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court. ENGANL00120120910144054
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court. ENGANL00120120910144054

Two cheap bicycle wheels proved an offer too good to be true for a Lynn man, who today admitted handling stolen goods.

Callam Smales, 25, of Saddlebow Road, pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at the town’s magistrates court.

The court heard Smales was stopped by police while riding a bike with a distinctive white rim in Lynn on July 16.

The wheel had come from another machine, which was stolen from a cycle rack at the Pinguin Foods factory on the Hardwick industrial estate three days earlier.

When interviewed by police, Smales said he had bought two wheels for £20 and had fitted one of them to his own bike.

He admitted he had suspected they were stolen and said he “should have known better.”

Mitigating solicitor Ian Graham told the bench: “While it was an offer that seemed too good to be true, he was persuaded he was being offered something because he knew was probably stolen.”

Smales was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £180 criminal courts charge, £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.