Grantham court: Man tries to sell phone stolen in house burglary

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A couple were arrested by police after one of them tried to sell a stolen mobile phone at a pawnbrokers in Grantham.

Kathryn Burley, 24, and Aaron Kelly, 32, both of Sycamore Court, Grantham, admitted receiving stolen goods between January 21 and 28.

Burley admitted receiving a stolen Huawie phone and Kelly admitted receiving the stolen phone and a lime green Deuter rucksack.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that a burglary had taken place in Denton Avenue, Grantham, on December 3 in which a Huawei phone, jewellery, travel documents and a green rucksack were stolen.

Miss Ross said Burley and Kelly went to Cashbrokers in Westgate where Kelly had an account with them. He tried to sell the phone to them but checks showed it had been stolen and it was handed back to him. He gave it to Burley and police later visited their home to retrieve the phone and rucksack.

Defending, Rob Arthur said that Burley was pregnant at the time and was due to give birth soon. He said she did not have time to hand the phone back and the police came round a week later. He said Burley accepted she hung on to the phone longer than she should have done before it got back to the police.

Mr Arthur said Kelly was before the court the previous week on other charges as well as this one which he had initially denied.

Magistrates handed Kelly a day’s detention which was deemed already served. Burley was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.