Kirkby man stole chandelier from South Normanton home

A KIRKBY man stole a brass chandelier from a driveway while looking around for scrap metal, a court was told.

The lamp had been left under a cover inside a car port in Corn Close, South Normanton, by owner Donald Walker.

His son heard a faint knock at the door on the morning of 5th September and then saw Thomas Rawluk walking away with the chandelier.

Chesterfield magistrates were told that the registration plate of Rawluk’s Ford Transit flatbed truck was noted and police were informed.

They went to Sims scrapyard and recovered the lamp from inside a skip, and later pulled up the truck, said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.

Officers then found that Rawluk had committed a motoring offence because he was using the vehicle for business purposes without appropriate insurance.

“He said he always knocked on the door to ask for scrap. He saw a brass item that he thought was rubbish and took it,” added Ms Mahon.

Rawluk (57) of Berry Avenue, admitted theft and using a vehicle without insurance.

He was fined £181, with £85 costs, and six penalty points were imposed on his driving licence.

Phil Bloore, for Rawluk, said the insurance offence resulted from an administrative error as the vehicle registration number had been incorrectly entered on the policy.

“He should have checked the insurance situation but he didn’t follow it up. As for the chandelier, he thought it was scrap and just helped himself,” said Mr Bloore.