Thief snatched tools from worker’s van

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A thief who stole a worker’s tools could do community service as he was fit enough to run off with a drill, his solicitor told a court.

Burnley magistrates heard how Corey White (21) made off with the £500 haul, including the hammer drill, a halogen lamp and batteries when the victim was working in Kibble Crescent in the town.

The victim’s mum shouted to him: “Have you had any tools taken out of your van?” and pointed her son in White’s direction after she saw a man running away with some equipment.

The victim went after White, didn’t find him, but after inquiries turned up at his home in Thames Avenue, Burnley.

The hearing was told police officers went to the address and found the hammer drill and lamp beneath a kitchen unit and returned them to the victim.

White, who has 49 offences on his record, was interviewed, owned up and said he had intended to sell the tools.

Nick Dearing (defending) said the offence was opportunistic. White admitted theft on February 24th. He was given a 12 month community order with 50 hours unpaid work and was told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.