A “bored” teenager received a stolen £1,500 scooter and used it to ride across fields in Ripley, a court has heard.
The Sym bike was recovered from Daniel McCarthy four days later but by then it was unusable.
It had been stolen from a driveway on April 13 and taken to McCarthy’s then-home in Pear Tree Avenue, Ripley, by a pal. Police found it on the front garden of the address. It was extensively damaged,
McCarthy, 19, eventually told police a pal brought the bike to his home and he knew it was stolen.
“They took it to a neighbour and bypassed the wiring, got it started and took it on the fields to ride it,” Lynn Manning, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.
It was owner Mychajlo Krywiuk’s only form of transport at the time and it was declared an insurance write-off.
McCarthy, now of Blackwell Avenue, Ilkeston, admitted handling stolen goods at Ripley on April 17 and was given a 7pm to 7am curfew for eight weeks and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work. He must also pay £500 compensation.
He told a probation officer that he used the scooter because he was bored.