A MAN has appeared in court charged with breaking into two cars and stealing electrical items and clothing.
Scott Roberts, 24, of Durham Road, Blacon, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a motor vehicle at West Cheshire Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court heard that two men, Nicholas Rowlands and Callum Gray, who were doing some work at the Funky Town children’s play area, on Grange Road, Chester, heard noise coming from the car park and opened the shutter doors to see what it was.
They could see both their cars had a window smashed and items were missing.
Prosecuting, Carolyn Viviani, said Mr Rowlands found a North Face jacket, a police jacket containing £200, a Samsung tablet and an Adidas sports bag containing DVDs was missing from his silver Ford Focus and Mr Gray found a sat nav, a white iPad , personal letters and cash were missing from his black Renault Clio.
Defending, James Bagby, said Roberts disagreed over some of the items the victims said were missing. He said there was not £200 in Mr Rowlands jacket and that he only took two letters from Mr Gray.
Magistrates said they would have to adjourn any sentence to have a Newton hearing – a hearing designed to ascertain the facts about a case – as the difference in sentence and levels of compensation if the defence’s version or prosecution’s version was taken would be significant.
Magistrates did fine Roberts £36 for a breach of bail offence, however, after he pleaded guilty to failing to arrive at court on January 8.
Mr Bagby said Roberts had lost a letter from the court informing him of his due date and mistakenly thought his appearance was on January 18, rather than January 8.
Roberts will next appear at West Cheshire Magistrates Court for a Newton hearing on February 25. He was granted conditional bail.
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