A man who stole a bike after following a resident into a secure parking area has been locked up.
Jamie Lloyd, 26, entered the premises on Queen Street in the city centre on September 12 before stealing the bike.
Police officers arrested him three days later and he was found in possession of the bike.
Lloyd, who is from Blacon, was charged that day with burglary and remanded in police custody to appear before West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison with magistrates imposing a previous suspended sentence for theft.
Sgt Andy Burrage, of Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Inner officers welcome the sentence handed down today which should act as a deterrent to anyone thinking of committing crime in the city.
“This city is extremely well covered by CCTV and it proved invaluable in building a case of evidence against Lloyd in relation to this offence. Hopefully he will use his time in custody to consider his offending behaviour.
"We will continually and robustly target those prolific offenders who persistently commit crime in our city.”
Sgt Burrage said Lloyd had tailgated a resident into a secure parking area to which only residents had passes before stealing the cycle
He said: "I would like to reiterate to people who live in access controlled residences to be aware of who is around you when leaving or entering where you live.
“Should you see anyone you consider to be suspicious then call us on 101.”