A MAN with a “magpie-like” habit of collecting second-hand goods to sell has admitted possessing criminal property and class B drugs.
Gary Carney was likened in court to rag-and-bone man Albert Steptoe, played by actor Wilfred Brambell, inset, in the BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son.
A stolen laptop, hammer drill and three electric strimmers were found when police raided his home in Ashtree Gardens in Mixenden, Halifax, last November.
A small amount of cannabis resin and bush was also found. Prosecutor Gill Batts told Bradford Crown Court the laptop, worth £737, had been taken from the home of a Bradford teacher.
The hammer drill, worth £150, had recently been stolen from MM Fabrications in Halifax. It is not known where the strimmers came from.
Howard Shaw, mitigating, described Carney as a “magpie”. He said he did not know the goods were stolen when he bought them but suspected so afterwards.
He said: “Mr Carney is very much a Steptoe-type character.
“He has a reputation in the community as someone who will buy second-hand goods and it’s inevitable unless a person is extremely careful that from time to time stolen items may be acquired.”
After Carney’s arrest, he was approached with another laptop he suspected was stolen.
When he refused to buy it, he was assaulted by the seller.
Mr Shaw said: “He has learned from his experience and is taking active steps to prevent its reccurrence.”
Recorder Sandra Knapton sentenced him to a nine-month community order with supervision and told him he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
She said: “You would have done better to have thought before, rather than after, you bought those items.”