Leeds drug dealer painted stolen motorbike but was caught out after pulling into traffic

A Leeds drug dealer tried to disguise a stolen motorbike and pass it off as his own before being caught out.

Faisal Kaiyam, 43, was spotted by police officers riding the stolen black motorbike through Armley after it had been taken from outside an address on September 1, 2021.

Prosecutor Paul Canfield told Leeds Crown Court on Thursday that the owner had left it secure and locked outside a friend’s address when she moved. He said: “On the 7th September 2021, two police community support officers saw a black motorbike being driven around Town Street in Armley.

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“The defendant appeared not to know how to ride it properly. There was an occasion where he was seen pulling into oncoming traffic. The officers did checks and the registration number came back with no trace. They saw him park the bike in a car park and watched him go upstairs into a flat. They went to the location and saw the bike’s ignition barrel had been removed and the bike had been painted and the registration had been altered using black tape.”

The officers were able to remove the tape and discovered it was the bike that had been reported as stolen.

When they spoke to Kaiyam, of Theaker Hall, Theaker Lane, Armley, he told them he had bought the vehicle as a stolen or recovery bike a few days earlier for £600. It was discovered Kaiyam was disqualified from driving at the time.

He was seen riding the bike in Town Street, Armley

The court was told that Kaiyam’s offending did not end there, and on November 24 last year, police community support officers on patrol in Gelder Street, Armley, saw a group of people. Mr Canfield said: “The area was well-known for drug dealing. They saw the defendant approach the group, run back home and then around two minutes later going back to the group of people.

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