Bomaderry man charged over alleged motorcycle theft

A Bomaderry man who allegedly stole a motorcycle from his neighbour while he was away in Sydney has been refused bail.

Charges of aggravated break and enter in company and stealing a motor vehicle against Gerald Jewel Walker, 21, were heard in his absence in Nowra Local Court on March 10.

Court papers stated between 3pm and 5.30pm on February 21, Walker, allegedly accompanied by another unknown person, broke into to the property in Leonard Street, Bomaderry.

The resident, who was in Sydney, was contacted by a neighbour and told what had happened and returned home.

It is alleged Walker took two sets of keys while inside the property, one set to the home and another to a 2014 KTM Superduke motorbike valued at $22,000, which was stored at the rear of the property.

Witnesses told police they saw Walker and an unknown man remove two tarpaulins the bike was under and used the key to disable the immobiliser and steering lock and start the bike, before taking it from the property.

After searching the home the resident told police a rear window had been forced open and the only things missing were the two sets of keys and the motorcycle.

He told officers he had left the property securely locked up.

A day later police located the bike, which had a broken brake lever and torn seat, at a Nowra address.

Following investigations police arrested Walker.

Court documents stated Walker had a lengthy criminal history. He had only been released on parole on January 13 following a similar break and enter in July 2015.

That offence had occurred while on parole for a similar crime in January 2015.

Walker has also pleaded guilty to charges of escaping police custody, not wearing an approved bicycle helmet, riding a bicycle recklessly and riding a bicycle on a footpath following an incident in Nowra on March 13.

Police allege walker was riding a black mountain bike along Kinghorne Street  between 12.40pm and 1.30pm.

Magistrate Gabriel Fleming said on the escaping police custody there was no alternative to a jail sentence while the three other charges carried fines worth $860.

Bail was not applied for and was formally refused. Walker will reappear on May 8.