Bike thief goes for joy-ride then ditches it in yard

A TEENAGER who stole a bicycle said he ditched the two-wheeler in an "unknown yard" because his girlfriend told him to.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Kyle James Hibbert pleaded guilty to one charge of stealing.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colson said the 18-year-old had visited the victim at his house in Basin Pocket on April 9 and took the bike as he left.

Sgt Colston said Hibbert rode the bike down the street before dumping it in an "unknown yard".

After the bike was reported as stolen, Hibbert told police he had been given permission to take it.

He said he ditched the bike in the yard because his girlfriend told him to.

The bike had not been recovered since.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said he suspected there was some story behind the offence, even though Hibbert refused to offer anything in his own defence.

The teenager was fined $200 and ordered to pay a further $250 in restitution for the missing bike.



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