A HGV driver who was caught with BWM keys stolen in a car-jacking and house burglary has been spared jail.
Timothy Bolchover, of Countess Street, Accrington, was stopped by police in a Transit van and when they searched the vehicle found stolen keys and a small amount of cannabis, a court heard.
The father-of-two pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods and one count of possessing cannabis at Burnley Crown Court.
Catherine Ellis, prosecuting, told the court the 29-year-old had pleaded guilty on the basis that he had borrowed the van from a friend and the keys were inside at the time.
He was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years with 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 costs.
Miss Ellis told the court how officers stopped Bolchover on June 16 last year and that one of the BMW keys had been stolen following a car-jacking incident on June 11. The other set of keys had been stolen during a house burglary between June 6 and 7.
Miss Ellis said when Bolchover was interviewed by officers he ‘said nothing about what happened and how he came to be in possession of the keys’.
The court heard how the van was not registered but insured in another person’s name.
Miss Ellis said Bolchover had committed several dishonesty and vehicle related incidents.
David Farley, defending, told the court: “This was six days or so from the robbery. The defendant was put on an identification parade for the robbery and not picked out.
“Although there are added aggravating factors, it is long enough time away to not implicate him. He did well on his last suspended sentence. He is 29 and is trying to grow up.”
Judge Jonathan Gibson said: “It seems to me given where those keys came from and also your previous convictions that a custodial sentence is justified and I’m going to impose one but suspend it for two years.
“The reasons are that it is some time since your last offence of dishonesty and the pre-sentence report says you are generally an industrious person, working hard to provide for your family in legitimate employment.
“Several years have elapsed since you last appeared before the court and your lifestyle appears more stable than it did previously. I’m taking the view that this offence is an isolated one.”