Man admits keeping a stolen moped he found in a bush

A Sutton man could not resist keeping a stolen moped he found in a bush, a court heard.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:23 pm
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Andrew Stevens 44 of Chatsworth Street Sutton appeared at Mansfield Magistrates where he pleaded guilty to the theft by finding of a black and red Piaggio Zipp moped on October 28.

The court heard the couple who owned the moped had left it parked and secured outside a takeaway in Pleasley

They went off to work, came back and found it was missing.

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They told police they had spotted their moped being driven the following day and followed it into Pleasley.

The moped was ridden into a caravan site, complete with a different number plate.

Police were called and the moped was found in Steven’s caravan.

Stevens told police he had found the moped in a bush and denied he had taken it from the car park the previous day.

The court heard that witnesses had described the original thieves as a man with brown hair and a blond woman.

District Judge Jonathan Tafte said; ”It is clear you found it after it was taken and abandoned. You did not want to look a gift horse in the mouth .”

Stevens was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.