Man jailed for handling stolen goods - Harpenden


A Luton man was caught behind the wheel of an Audi that had been stolen from a house in Harpenden while the owner was asleep.

Timothy Hall, aged 38, was seen getting into the car by a police officer at 7.20 at night on 4 February; three days after it had been taken.

Prosecutor Gabrielle McAvock told St Albans Crown Court today, Monday, 07 March 2016, that the house in St Andrews Avenue, Harpenden was burgled while a couple and their three children were asleep overnight between 1 and 2 February this year.

The husband's Audi A3, worth £25,500, was taken along with a £800 bike and a pair of Helly Hansen gloves.

Hall was arrested near his home in Talbot Road. The bike and gloves were in the boot of the car. He pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. Hall had 19 convictions for 58 offences, 22 of which were for theft.

John Lyons, defending, said Hall had nothing to do with the burglary.  He said he had been approached on 3 February and was asked to assist in selling it. "It is a great shame he was seduced by the need for money. It was not something that was pre-planned," he said. Mr Lyons said Hall was trying to get his life on an even keel and was attempting to stay out of trouble.

Jailing him for 22 months, Judge Jonathan Carroll said: "If you wish to go straight when people come offering goods you should not get involved."

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