A nephew was reported by his police officer uncle for having a computer which had been stolen from a school.
Carl Holden bought an i-Pad which had been taken during a burglary at Red Marsh School, Thornton.
Holden, 24, of Whinfield, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £180 court charge with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said there was nothing to show Holden was involved in the burglary at the school in which the £200 computer was stolen. Holden had bought it from a man for £40.
Howard Green, defending, said Holden had no idea it had been stolen, but five days later the school logo came up on the computer while he was using it.
Some weeks later Holden’s uncle, a police officer, seized the computer, believing it was stolen.
Holden, who hoped to join the RAF, had been naive and stupid in buying the i-Pad in the first place and should have taken it to the police, Mr Green said.