A woman was asked by a man to sell a mobile phone stolen from a guest at a ball in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Stuart Robinson, 48, of Croydon Road, Layton, pleaded guilty to theft.
He was fined £100 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Andrew Jebb at at Blackpool magistrates.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said a man left his jacket with a £450 iPhone in the pocket over a chair when he went to the bar during a ball at the Winter Gardens on December 14. When he returned the jacket was gone.
A woman was then caught trying to sell the phone at a second-hand shop. The woman said Robinson had given her the phone to sell.
David Charnley, defending, told magistrates that Robinson had found it in an alley and saw the chance to make money.