Man jailed for handling stolen motorbikes - Luton

25/04/2017

A Luton man, who handled four stolen motorbikes, was jailed for two years today, Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

Taylor Benford, aged 21, was told by Judge Lynn Tayton QC that his crimes had "the hallmarks of a business."

The bikes had been stolen from Luton, Barnet and as far away as Gloucestershire, Luton Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Kevin West said that police, in an unmarked car, spotted Benford in a van in Downs Road, Luton on 7 February this year. When he saw the police, he jumped onto a motorbike, that had been following the van, and disappeared down an alleyway. He was later arrested and, while out on bail, received another stolen bike. In all, the four bikes he received were valued at over £11,000, said Mr West.

Benford, of Links Way, Luton, appeared for sentence via a video link from Bedford prison having pleaded guilty to handling. He had previous convictions for offences, including burglary.

Pamela Brain, defending, said Benford was not the major person involved in the operation and was helping somebody else out.

The Judge told him: "You were involved in something that has the hallmarks of a professional and sophisticated business."

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