Ilkeston thief jailed after being chased and caught by PCSO on a bike

Jay Betts is pictured.
Jay Betts is pictured.

An Ilkeston man has been jailed for stealing a mobile phone from a van and shoplifting from Boots after a PCSO chased and detained him on a borrowed bike.

On Monday, November 7 a Samsung S7 mobile phone was stolen from the dashboard of an unattended delivery van on Heanor Road, Ilkeston and on the same day an electric toothbrush and four toiletry gift sets were stolen from Boots on Bath Street. Enquires revealed the suspect to be 36 year-old Jay Betts.

The next day Betts was spotted by PCSO Joanne Price on Johnny’s Park in Ilkeston and he started to run off.

She kept him under observation and was able to tell her colleagues of his whereabouts, PCSO Steve Bowlzer was nearby and borrowed a bike from a member of the public to chase after Betts and stopped him until a police officer attended shoertly after and arrested him.

Betts, who is of no fixed-abode appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday, November 9) where he pleaded guilty to the two offences of theft and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

Sergeant Damien Shannon, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in Ilkeston, said: “This was a great example of team work to get this man arrested.

“We are particularly grateful to the member of the public who lent their bike to PCSO Bowlzer.

“We are pleased that justice has been served swiftly and this man is now detained where he can think about his future actions.”