Burglars caught at car boot

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TWO men were convicted of burglary after the victim caught them with stolen items at a Chesterfield car boot sale.

Gary White, aged 49, and Joshua Lee, 20, raided a garage in Bakewell Road, Matlock, taking two car engines and some parts.

The engines were sold to a scrap dealer but the pair took other items to a car boot sale four days after the burglary.

The owner of the garage was there and saw an air-flow meter he had worked on was for sale on a stall, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Police were informed and Lee and White were arrested but denied any knowledge of the burglary. A search of Lee’s home recovered some cannabis.

“Further enquiries found that Mr White went to the scrapyard in a van on June 22 and weighed in two engines for £58.50. They were returned to the owner,” said Mike Treharne, prosecuting.

“A trolley found at the scene of the burglary contained Mr Lee’s fingerprints and, on July 6, they admitted what they had done.”

White, an ex-serviceman, of Hamilton Street, Worksop, and unemployed Lee, of Masson Hill View, Matlock, admitted burglary and possessing cannabis.

White was ordered to do 160 hours’ unpaid work, while Lee received a 7pm to 7am curfew for eight weeks. Both must pay £79.25 compensation and £85 costs.

Steve Brint, for White, who has a house clearance business, said his partner had cancer last year. He had struggled to deal with that, and his brother had died.

Bob Bashforth, for Lee, said the garage had been unlocked. White provided the van and Lee had a trolley to move the heavy engines, but they only received scrap value for them.