Phone thief fraudster sentenced

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man stole a mobile phone worth £140 and committed fraud by attempting to sell it at a pawnbrokers.

Chris Hewison, 36, of North Marine Road, stole the item from a second-hand shop in Victoria Road on July 23 before taking it to Cash Converters.

Catherine Turnbull, prosecuting, said: “A customer entered the shop and inquired about a mobile phone. He said he was going to go and get the money to pay for the item.”

The shop workers later discovered that the phone was missing and called the police after a staff member recognised Hewison in the Golden Last pub in Eastborough.

He was charged and initially entered a not guilty plea, although he later changed his plea to guilty.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said: “My client has had a drug problem for a considerable length of time.

“He only recently realised it was doing him no good. He needed money to feed whatever habit was appropriate at that time.

“He has now realised the evils he was experiencing had to be addressed and has seen his doctor.”

Hewison was told to pay £140 compensation and undergo supervision for one year.