Burglars caught with stolen goods at car boot

TWO men were convicted of burglary after the victim caught them with stolen items at a car boot sale.

Joshua Lee, 20, and Gary White, 49, raided a garage in Bakewell Road, Matlock, on June 22, taking two car engines and some parts.

The engines were sold to a Tansley scrap dealer but the pair took other items to a car boot sale in Chesterfield four days after the burglary.

The owner of the garage went there and saw an air-flow meter he had worked on was for sale on a stall, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Police were informed and Lee and White were arrested.

They denied any knowledge of the burglary.

A search of Lee’s home recovered some cannabis.

“Further inquiries found that Mr White went to the scrapyard in a van on June 22 and weighed in two engines for £58.50.

“They were returned to the owner,” said Mike Treharne, prosecuting.

“A trolley found at the scene of the burglary contained Mr Lee’s fingerprints and, on July 6, they admitted what they had done, ” he added.

Lee, unemployed, of Masson Hill View in Matlock, and White, an ex-serviceman, of Hamilton Street in Worksop, admitted burglary.

Lee also admitted possessing cannabis.

Lee received a 7pm-7am curfew for eight weeks while White was ordered to do 160 hours unpaid work.

Both men must pay £79.25 compensation and £85 costs.

Steve Brint, for White, who has a house clearance business, said his partner had cancer last year.

He had struggled to deal with that, and his brother had died.

Bob Bashforth, for Lee, said the garage had been left unlocked.

White provided the van and Lee had a trolley to move the heavy engines, but they only received scrap value for them.