A man stole two bicycles because he was threatened with violence if he didn't pay his debt, a court has heard.

Ryan Harman, aged 30, was caught on CCTV entering the communal area of a block of flats in Mount Street, Welshpool on February 12.

After he was arrested, Harman told police: "I can show you the bikes. It's out of character. I've got debts to pay, and they've threatened violence".

Harman, of High Street, Welshpool, was sentenced to a 12-month community order and ordered to pay the court £239 after pleading guilty to theft.

Welshpool Magistrates' Court was told on Tuesday, March 26, that both bikes were recovered.


Robert Hanratty, acting on behalf of Harman, said it was an "impulsive offence" adding that the 30-year-old had been to the premises many times before.

Chair of the magistrates' bench Rebecca Klug told Harman that he must also complete 10 rehabilitation requirement days to focus on his problem solving and consequential thinking skills.

"We have to punish you for the actual theft of the bikes," she said. "It's good that they've been returned."

Harman was fined £40 and ordered to pay a £114 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

Mrs Klug added: "We all want you to succeed".