Adrian Howard, 38, was spotted by the operators on Monday afternoon (29 November) attempting to cut a bike lock on an electric bike in Long Causeway.
Police were alerted and nearby officers located Howard in Westgate who admitted he had a pair of ‘cutters’ in his pocket.
Howard, of Morley Way in Westwood, was arrested and later charged with attempted theft of a bike.
He appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (30 November) where he admitted the offence and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison – eight weeks for this offence to run alongside a previously suspended 20-week prison sentence for bike theft which has now been activated.
PC Jay Ede, who investigated, said: “Thanks to CCTV operators we were able to catch Howard, a prolific criminal, in the act and put him back in prison where he will now spend his Christmas.
“If anyone sees suspicious activity, please report it to us as and when it is happening as it will give us a greater chance of catching people in the act.”