prolific thief who stole a bike from a hospital worker during the pandemic in a “one-man crimewave” across London has been jailed for two years.
Francis Graham, 26, toured the city, stealing bicycles from offices, specialist cycle shops, and one from the grounds of a luxury hotel.
In July, he managed to get into a secure compound at St Bartholomew’s hospital to steal a bike from one of the workers.
He has been linked to 11 bike thefts over the course of the last year, “tailgating” victims to get inside otherwise secure buildings, Kingston crown court heard.
Jailing him for two years yesterday, Judge Jonathan Davies told Graham: “You were a one man crime wave stealing in a sophisticated way”.
The court heard Graham has a catalogue of previous convictions for stealing bikes and had breached an existing suspended sentence.
His latest offences started in October last year, when he stole a lock box and gloves from a BMW in east London.
Graham swiped a £1,200 Brompton bike from The Lensbury Hotel, on the banks of the Thames in Teddington, on December 6 last year.
On July 10, he got into St Barts hospital to steal a £250 bike, and took another cycle on the same day from a housing complex nearby.
He was eventually snared when spotted stealing a bike by City of London Police officers in September, and was linked to other raids by CCTV and DNA evidence.
Graham, from Bloomsbury, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft, five counts of commercial burglary, and one charge of theft from a motor vehicle.
He was also handed a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order to try to curb his offending when free from prison.
PC Aleksander Hancock from the Metropolitan Police said: “For many people living and working in London, cycling is their only form of transport. The inconvenience and upset caused by Graham in helping himself to the property of so many victims simply cannot be measured.
“I am pleased that the efforts of my team, and our police colleagues at City of London, have afforded Londoners a well-earned rest from Graham’s criminal activities.”