Man tried to sell stolen computer

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man tried to sell a tablet computer which had been ripped from Blackpool’s Job Centre’s reception desk.

The shop assistant was suspicious of Noel Hartness, alerted police and delayed him until officers could arrive.

Hartness, 31, formerly of Hornby Road, Blackpool, now of no fixed address, admitted receiving stolen goods belonging to Blackpool Council and two offences of breaching bail. He was fined £150 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Jackie Garratt, prosecuting, said a worker at the Job Centre, Whitegate Drive, saw a tablet computer attached to the reception desk had been prised off on March 21 at 4pm. At 4.45pm Hartness went into Cash Convertors and tried to sell the tablet. He failed to attend court on March 25 and on March 27 breached his bail by entering Hornby Road.

Peter Cave, defending, said Hartness had been forced to leave his Hornby Road address and he was penniless and homeless. He sometimes lived behind the bins on Whitegate Drive and he was on that road when two men came up and asked if he wanted to buy a tablet computer. Hartness said he would sell it for them.