A SCRAP dealer loaded a tumble dryer which did not belong to him onto the back of his van and drove off, Scarborough magistrates heard.
Robert Clark, 21, of Briercliffe, took the dryer from a yard in Market Way on August 2.
Clark claimed that he did not believe the dryer belonged to anyone, although prosecutor Martin Butterworth said a label attached to the dryer clearly stated it was the property of RB Markets.
Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said: “My client started his own scrap metal business last year. He was doing all right.
“Since this incident his van has been impounded. It has remained there ever since and he has had to sign on.
“It seems a bit stupid to leave an item like that outside if it was going to be mended.”
Magistrates fined Clark £100. He will also pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
However, they rejected an application from the police for the van to be destroyed and said it should be returned to Clark.