A mother and son who tried to sell stolen goods worth £2,600 have been ordered to pay £400 – after the victim tracked them down through an online shopping store.
Ryan Stacey, aged 24, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods and Michelle Rodgers, aged 44, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods at a hearing at Doncaster Magistrates Court.
The victim, Wayne Pickering, had six items, including a Nikon fieldscope, stolen from his car on Vicarage Close in April.
He turned detective and found the equipment on eBay days later.
The court heard that Stacey, bought a photographic lens from a man he refused to name for £50, believing it to be a telescope. He later asked his mother to sell it for him through her eBay account. All the items were later recovered from Stacey’s home and Rodger’s car.
In mitigation, Mr Andrew Bostock, for Rodgers, said: “She is a lady of previous good character.
“She didn’t have any idea that the items were stolen.”
Mr Neil Ward, for Stacey said: “He has taken what he has done extremely seriously and he has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
The court was told that Mr Stacey and Ms Rodgers share responsibility of caring for Ms Rodger’s mother who has ill health.
Stacey, of Newmarket Road, Cantley, was ordered to pay £100 compensation and£120 costs. He will also be under curfew from 8pm to 6am for 12 weeks.
Rodgers of Willow Grove, Harworth, was also ordered to pay £100 compensation and £80 costs.