A man who bought musical equipment from a burglar who had knocked on his door having come straight from a raid at a neighbouring house has been given a community order.
Erick Sanderson, of Recreation Place, Holbeck, spent £60 on two electric guitars, an amplifier and wallets of CDs and DVDs from a man who knocked on his door on May 27 at around 3am, before trying to sell them on to someone else via text message.
The 22-year-old, who was drunk at the time, was reprimanded after a resident from the burgled address on the same street was told that a man with a haul of goods, which also included his TV and games console, had been seen moving equipment into Sanderson’s house.
Sanderson was sentenced to a six-month community order with a low level activity requirement of up to 15 days and ordered to pay a statutory surcharge at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Friday.
Ewan McLachlan, prosecuting, said that Sanderson claimed he did not know that the goods were stolen and that he only bought the items he could afford.
The court heard that the earlier burglary had taken place while two occupants were asleep upstairs in the property, and when the third resident arrived home and was told of the situation, he confronted Sanderson and called police.
Marcus Waite, defending, said Sanderson has no previous convictions and is subject to a community treatment order in respect of his mental health, which means he sees a psychiatric nurse every fortnight.
Sanderson had pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing.
Sentencing, Judge Penelope Belcher said: “It was obvious in my view that at midnight when somebody knocks on your door and tries to sell you guitars for £60, they’re not straight and are obviously stolen.”
She added: “Because people like you are willing to do so [buy stolen goods] it’s worthwhile for people to go round burgling people in their homes. These offences are serious.”