SLO bicycle thief facing 7 years in prison

October 2, 2018

Cole Malone

A thief who got caught breaking into a San Luis Obispo home and stealing a bicycle faces up to seven years in prison, according to the SLO County District Attorney’s Office. A jury convicted Cole Benjamin Malone of burglary on Monday. [Cal Coast Times]

On the night of Aug. 31, 2016, a child reported hearing noise in the garage of a home. The homeowner then found Malone, 33, alone in the garage, where he was stealing a bicycle.

After the homeowner spotted Malone, the thief immediately fled the scene but was quickly caught and subdued by the victim and neighbors. SLO police officers arrived at the scene and arrested Malone.

Last month, Malone stood trial over four days on a charge of burglary and two drug related charges. Malone’s attorney Scott Taylor argued that Malone was high when he entered the garage and took the bike and that he should have been convicted with theft and not burglary.

Then following two days of deliberation, a San Luis Obispo County jury convicted him of first-degree residential burglary while finding Malone not guilty of the drug charges.

Because of his prior conviction, he faces the possibility of spending one additional year in prison, bringing his potential sentence to up to seven years in state prison.

Following Monday’s verdict, District Attorney Dan Dow released a statement describing residential burglary as a particularly dangerous crime.

“Residential burglary is a particularly dangerous crime,” Dow said. “When an intruder violates the sanctity of a home it presents a very real potential for a violent confrontation with the resident. Fortunately, in this case the defendant was quickly subdued and no one was injured. We thank the jury for their patience in hearing this important case.”

Malone’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30 in the courtroom of Judge Dodie Harmon.


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7 years seems like a steep sentence for B&E and attempted robbery.


He has a prior conviction, which added the additional time.

Apparently the penalty he incurred from his previous conviction was not enough of a deterrent to compel him to stop his criminal behavior. Perhaps the seven years in prison will.


If you heard the stories first hand from the neighborhood victims of this guy you might change your mind. Living with his druggie girlfriend and her clueless dad, casing and breaking into homes and garages. The entire neighborhood having to chase him down in broad daylight. Good riddance to this scumbag.


I’m a little confused here, Mr Dow is right there to put this guy away for stealing a bike, I understand breaking & entering, but 7 years, he should be investigating A Hill, and the IWMA former CEO and a few others that have done some real stealing, give this guy a back hander and 3 years breaking rocks at one of the quarrys.