There is NO way anyone is going to be 'banged up" for this.
The guilty party is going to be reading this, so perhaps they should weigh in and explain themselves and let it all resolve.
What are we talking about, £500 of gear?
Do we really want to be jailing people for £500?
If my £500 then yes and a good beating
you can steal £500 and not
go to gaol?
In that case cut off their hands.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - along the lines of the whole "Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" - cut off somebody's hands, they'll not steal again, cut off their head, they'll not even think
about stealing again.
It's the only way to get through to some of these people...