A Lavington bike thief was caught soon after fleeing by a motorist he rode in front of at a Thurgoona intersection, a court has heard.
Jesse Allan Tyrrell pinched the $1000 bike from a rack on the back of a car parked in Benambra Road.
That was between 9pm on May 18 and 9am the next day.
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Tyrrell was riding the bike near Thurgoona Plaza around 9.30am when he headed through the intersection of Table Top Road and Thurgoona Drive.
That placed him in the path of the motorist, police have told Albury Local Court.
"Is that your bike?" the motorist asked, to which Tyrrell replied: "Yes it is, f ... off."
He kept riding east on Thurgoona Drive, but the motorist wasn't going to let him get away.
After following him in his car the man got out and ran after Tyrrell, who told him to "leave me alone" because he had already dumped the bike.
Tyrrell, 26, also tried to push away the man, who feared he was about to be assaulted.
While waiting for police to arrive, Tyrrell - who was carrying a bag of items - attempted to fold an iPad, which smashed the device.
Tyrrell pleaded guilty to larceny, goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen, enter enclosed lands, assault and destroy or damage property.
He was sentenced to a 12-month intensive corrections order with 50 hours of community service.
Tyrrell also received a 12-month community corrections order and another 50 hours' unpaid work after pleading guilty to a Commonwealth deception charge laid after he defrauded Medicare of $4336.10.