Man in court over guitar-shop thefts

Scarborough Magistrates Court

Scarborough Magistrates Court

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A MAN has appeared in court accused of stealing music equipment to the tune of £46,000 from a Scarborough shop.

Michael Simpson, of Doncaster, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with taking cash, guitars, amplifiers and other music equipment from Guitar Galleries, in Bar Street.

The court heard Simpson, 45, is said to have stolen the goods – worth a combined £46,647.59 – between November 2009 and September 2010.

Magistrates were also told of 11 further fraud charges, committed between January 2010 and September 2010, and two counts of theft totalling more than £3,400.

The court was told Simpson is accused of pawning items including a JM1 JM30 trumpet for £500, a Gibson SG Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar for £800, a PRS Holloway Artist Electric Guitar for £1,700 and a Fender USA Telecaster Electric Guitar for £650 between January and April last year for financial gain.

The court also heard charges of pawning a Martin D41 Acoustic Guitar, a Heritage H535 Acoustic Guitar and a Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic Electric Guitar, each for £1,000, and a Fender Custom Shop 1956 Relic Electric Guitar for £1,800, between June and July last year.

He is also accused of fraudulently pawning a Tokai ES155 Electric Guitar for £700, a Fender 70s USA Stratocaster Electric Guitar for £820, and a Fret King Corona 60 HB Electric Guitar between August and September 2010.

During a brief hearing Simpson reserved pleas on all charges and magistrates committed the case to York Crown Court on Monday, May 9.

He was bailed on the condition that he must not approach witnesses and has to report to a Doncaster police station every Sunday.