Man handled stolen property including iPad and TV taken during Holton-le-Clay burglary
POLICE traced a stolen iPad 3 and TV taken in a burglary when they stopped a stolen car.
At Grimsby Crown Court Clive Cutler, 40, of Fairmont Road, Grimsby admitted handling stolen property from a burglary in Edinburgh Way, Holton-le-Clay in the early hours of April 3 last year.
Recorder Julian Goose QC sentenced Cutler to a 12-month supervision order.
The recorder said despite Cutler's previous "appalling record" he had remained out of trouble for 14 years until the offence in April.
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Prosecuting Craig Lowe said items taken from the home of Jason Bass and Maxine Brompton included a mountain bike, mobile phone, iPad 3, PlayStation 3 console games, a sat-nav and keys to the couple's Peugeot car. The court heard the car was later stopped near Laceby at 8.10am.
From mobile phone records officers traced Cutler and found the iPad, worth £479, at his home.
He told officers he had handled the stolen TV but had not kept it. In interview he told officers the thieves had tried to get him to take the TV, but as he was offered it he had prevented it from being dropped and handled it.
The court heard his fingerprints were on the TV which was recovered.
For Cutler, Simon Hirst said his client had stayed out of trouble for 14 years, having been in a stable relationship. But that had broken down and his client was at "a low ebb".
He said his client wanted the iPad for his daughter as a gift.