Thief sold teenager’s mobile phone at Sunderland pawn shop

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A THIEF stole a mobile phone from a teenager and sold it to a pawn shop.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard Stephen Bates, from Pennywell in Sunderland, shouted: “It’s taxed”, and ran off with the Blackberry.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, told the court that Bates, 23, asked to borrow the phone from a 16-year-old at a bus stop in Vine Place, Sunderland.

But then he ran off, and sold it for £57 at a shop in Sunderland.

Jason Smith, defending, said Bates, of Peasemore Road, suffered mental health problems. He was already subject to a suspended sentence order imposed by the crown court.

Sentencing, District Judge Roger Elsey imposed a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He added: “This had a serious effect upon the 16-year-old, and you committed the offence while subject to a suspended sentence. But I bear in mind the crown court imposed the suspended sentence and that you have mental health difficulties and a learning difficulty, and it is appropriate for those to be treated in the community.”

Bates was also ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £50 towards court costs.