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Two men convicted over bikes thefts spanning three months

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Two men have been sentenced after they committed a series of bike thefts at railway stations in West Sussex. 
 
Pawel Gornicki, 29, of no fixed address, and Patryk Swistak, 28, of  Maple Garden, Bersted, West Sussex, were investigated by British Transport Police after they stole pedal cycles from stations over a period of three months in 2016.
 
Gornicki was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 24 April having been found guilty following a three day trial at Brighton Magistrates’ Court. 
 
Gornicki was found guilty of one count of going equipped at Bognor Regis railway station, one count of attempted theft of a bike at West Worthing railway station and eight counts of thefts of bicycles at Bognor Regis railway station. He was given a 12 month prison sentence. 
 
Swistak pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 7 March after he faced three counts of pedal cycle theft from Bognor Regis stations and one count of possessing a class B drug.
 
He was sentenced to a 12 month community order, drugs rehabilitation activity, ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid works and pay compensation to his three victims.
 
Investigating officer PC Imogen Sweeney said: “This was a long investigation, but I am pleased with the sentence. 
 
“These two men worked together to target people who used their pedal cycles as a mode of transport to get to and from the station.
 
"They left their bikes securely at the station expecting fully for the bikes to be there at the end of the day or when they returned.
 
“I hope Gornicki and Swistak take the time to reflect upon their actions.”
 

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