Man pawned mobility scooter ... 30 minutes after renting it

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A man who pawned a mobility scooter half an hour after he hired it because it kept stopping has been put on supervision.

William Crofts said the scooter kept stopping and when he complained to the hire company he was told to push it.

Crofts, 37, of Milbourne Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft of a red Cadiz mobility scooter.

He was sentenced to six months supervision, fined £5 and ordered to pay £160 compensation plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Crofts hired the scooter from A1 Mobility, Buchanan Street on August 1 about 4.30pm. He failed to return it to the shop two days later and eventually a company staff member discovered the scooter had been pawned at Cash Convertors.

Crofts said he had paid £50 deposit plus £30 for two days hire of the scooter, so his mother, who was housebound, could enjoy a couple of days out.

As he rode it home it kept stopping and when he complained he said hire company staff refused to collect it and told him to push it.

He then went to Cash Convertors and sold it for £160.


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