Grantham court: Drug found in stolen furniture inquiry

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Police investigating an allegation of stolen furniture found drugs when they searched a flat in Grantham.

Kennie Jaymes Owen, 35, of Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottingham, admitted stealing a Milan wardrobe and a Milan chest of drawers worth a total of £145 from an address in Avenue Road, Grantham, between July 17 and August 1 this year, and possessing amphetamine on August 7.

He also admitted interfering with a Towsure trailer on August 7 in Longcliffe Road, Grantham, with the intention of stealing it or its contents.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told Grantham magistrates that a project worker with NACRO Ltd took delivery of the furniture on July 17 for the flat where Owen was living.

Some time later it was noticed the furniture was missing and Owen said it had been put in the cellar.

The project worker returned on August 2 and Owen told her that he would have to pay somebody to get the furniture back.

The police went to the address on August 7 and while searching the flat found a clear bag containing the amphetamine.

Owen admitted to officers that the furniture had been taken from his room which had been trashed.

He said he had no idea who had taken it and he had not reported it to police.

He told them that the drug had been given to him some time ago and he was going to use it himself.

Miss Stace said that she had no information regarding the charge of interfering with the trailer.

Defending, Bill Fraser told the magistrates that Owen was no stranger to the court and had been in prison before.

For the theft and drug offences, magistrates handed Owen a 12-month community order to include supervision by the Probation Service and a ‘thinking skills’ programme.

He was also ordered to pay £145 in compensation for the furniture, a £60 victim surcharge and £20 costs.

No separate penalty was made for the trailer interference offence.