iPod thief has to face the music

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A THIEF pocketed an iPod he claimed he found in the street.

David Ian Hawkes said two men dressed in black dropped the iPod Touch outside his home in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, along with a set of keys.

But instead of handing the £150 MP3 player to police, the 32-year-old kept it for himself.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the iPod was in a car which had been stolen in February.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “As a result of the vehicle going missing, inquiries were made and the defendant’s ground-floor bedroom was searched and the iPod was found.

“He said he knew nothing about the taking of the vehicle.

“He said that he had been in the area and on February 16 into the early hours of February 17, he heard a vehicle pull up outside his address.

“Two men got out and were looking into the boot. He got dressed and went out and found an iPod and keys next to the vehicle.

“He pressed the remote key for the vehicle and it would not open.

“He decided to keep the keys and the iPod.

“The vehicle was there a couple of days but that night it had been moved further down the street.”

Hawkes, from Kensington House, was given a six-month conditional discharge in January for criminal damage and had offences of dishonesty on his record from 2011 and 2010.

Kate Meek, defending, said Hawkes suffered from significant mental health problems and had spent time in hospital, although his condition was now under control.

Magistrates adjourned the case until June for reports.