Community order for stolen quad bike ‘buyer’

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A MAN waited on a street corner to ride away a stolen quad bike.

Adam White rode the bike from the scene of a burglary in Bradley Street, Easington Colliery, to a friend’s house, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The burgled property was under renovation,” said Yvonne Taylor, prosecuting.

“The owner reported the burglary to the police.

“She later reported seeing a mountain bike which was taken from her house in the back yard of a house in Cardiff Street.

Mrs Taylor added: “He admitted being asked to wait on the corner to drive the quad bike away.

“He said he was told it had just been bought for £40, but conceded he suspected it was stolen property.”

White, 26, of Station Road, Easington Colliery, admitted handling stolen goods on December 28 last year.

Catherine Fagan, defending, cut short her mitigation after Judge Christopher Prince indicated he would pass a community sentence.

Judge Prince sentenced White to a 12-month supervision order.

The judge told him: “You do not have a record for this type of offending, and you have spent some time in custody on remand.

“I imagine your first visit to prison was a salutary lesson for you, and you have no desire to go back.

“The sentence I have passed will enable you to address the problems which led to your offending.”