Pair admitted theft of vans for scrap value

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

Two men used a flat-bed truck to steal two cars from a garden while the owners were away.

Ryan Dale and Miley Connors, from Malton, took the Peugeot 309 and Seat Arosa from a property in the village of Ganton.

The thieves loaded the vehicles onto a Ford Transit van before driving to a local scrap dealer’s, where they sold them for just over £240.

They were arrested after police traced the van’s registration to Dale’s address in Norton.

Dale, 20, of Dairy Way, and Connors, also 20, of York Road, Malton, appeared for sentence at York Crown Court on Monday last week after admitting theft. Dale also pleaded guilty to two separate drug offences.

Prosecuting barrister Philip Morgan said the theft of the cars, which belonged to two named males, occurred on November 20, 2013, when Dale, Connors and a third man drove to the property in Ganton in the flat-bed truck. After taking the vehicles from the garden, they asked an unsuspecting farmer if they could use his forklift truck to help with the loading operation.

Mr Morgan said both stolen vehicles were not roadworthy and worth less than £800 collectively.

Both Dale and Connors initially denied the offences but pleaded guilty on the day of trial on June 22.

Defence barrister Rob Stephenson said the thefts were the brainchild of another man, and that the two defendants were roped in on the promise of a small payment because Dale could get hold of a Transit van.

Dale was also due to be sentenced for drug offences stemming from a police stop-and-search. He was in a car with two others and found with 14 wraps of cocaine, which were found in his boxer shorts.

Judge Peter Benson sentenced Dale to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution, but suspended this for two years. He ordered Dale to carry out 240 hours’ unpaid work in the community. Connors was given a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work. Each will pay £250 in compensation.