Man is jailed for buying stolen goods

A WESTON man has been jailed for 12 weeks after police found him in possession of stolen goods.

Andrew Martin, 37, admitted at North Somerset Courthouse this week to buying electrical items he suspected had been stolen.

He was arrested after police officers caught him with three sat-nav systems, a camera and a mobile phone, known to have been stolen from the Elmsleigh Road area on the night of July 28.

Police issued an appeal earlier this month to reunite the stolen items with their owners. Only two sat-navs have been returned so far.

Karen Grant, prosecuting, told the court that Martin initially claimed he had got them from a car boot sale.


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However, he later admitted to police he had bought them from a friend for �80 and intended to sell them on at a ‘high price’.

Kieran Hughes, defending, reiterated Martin was not responsible for the initial theft.

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He said: “He didn’t actually steal the sat-navs and he wasn’t told they were stolen. He only thought they were because of their low value.

“It is to his credit he told police that he suspected they may have come from an illegal source.”

Sally Webber, chair of the bench, said previous community orders had clearly not worked and this latest offence was serious enough to warrant imprisonment.

Martin, of Moorland Road, also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of theft along with Joelene Hancock, of the same address.

The pair were caught shoplifting six CDs, worth �72, from Head in the Sovereign Shopping Centre by security staff at 2pm on August 2. All the CDs were recovered by the store.

Hancock, 31, was given a supervision order, enrolled on an unemployment training programme and given 40 hours unpaid work. She was given a further 40 hours after breaking a conditional discharge ruling made in July for a similar offence.

Martin, a second-year music technology student at Weston College, was given a four-week concurrent sentence for the same crime.

Anyone who believes the stolen eletrical goods belong to them should contact PC Adam Cox on 0845 4567000.

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