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Pendle gang admits handling stolen goods
A GANG of crooks, including two career criminals, handled the proceeds of house raids in Pendle, a court was told.
Martin Dwyer, 27, said to have a ‘very substantial’ record, had four passports in his possession and tried to sell a haul of instruments, including a £2,500 acoustic guitar, taken from the home of a musician in Colne, Burnley Crown Court heard.
Tony Roberts, 21, who has not got as long a record as his accomplices, was arrested with Dwyer at Swap Shop, Leeds Road, Nelson.
Dwyer had been trying to get cash for some of the musical goods within hours of them being stolen and had got very angry when he was asked for identification.
Dwyer told police he had found the equipment, including a drum kit, speakers and amplifier, in a back alley.
Drug addict Douglas Murray, 32, had been found at the wheel of a stolen car.
Dwyer, of Peter Street, who was already in custody after being recalled on licence, was given six months in prison.
He admitted three counts of handling, including trainers and CDs and theft of the instruments by finding.
Roberts, of William Street, was given eight months in prison, suspended for two years, with 12 months’ supervision. He had pleaded guilty to two charges of handling, involving DVDs, a Sony PS3, trainers and a digital camera and assisting in the disposal of the musical instruments. Both men live in Colne.
Murray, of Pine Street, Nelson, was also spared custody. He received eight months in jail, suspended for two years, with supervision and the Thinking Skills programme.
He had admitted driving while disqualified, two counts of receiving stolen keys and driving a vehicle taken without authority.
He escaped a further ban, but his licence was endorsed.