Number plate thief caught out by fingerprints

A SOMERCOTES man stole number plates and fitted one to a car taken following a house burglary.

The registration plates were taken from a vehicle owned by fellow villager Jake Green last October.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that police located a stolen Vauxhall Astra at 1.30am on October 11 and Richard Jordan’s fingerprints were found on a stolen number plate and a cap.

“He said he stole the plates from a car as a favour for a mate. He fitted the rear plate to the stolen vehicle and his friend fitted the front one,” said Mike Treharne, prosecuting.

Jordan, 34, of Castle Drive, admitted theft. He was given a one-year conditional discharge, with £85 costs.

“He has been foolish. He knew the number plates were being placed on the car with a view to further offences being committed,” said Asif Munir, for Jordan.

But he added Jordan was not involved in the burglary which led to the theft of the Astra.