Two young ex-traders have been ordered to do community work after they bought two stolen skips for their former business.
North East Derbyshire & Dales Magistrates Court in Chesterfield were told on Monday how Kai Greenall and Vincent Hardy ran a pallet business and bought the skips from an unknown visitor to burn broken pallets and claimed they did not know they had been stolen.
Prosecuting solicitor John Kavanagh explained the original owners, Vernon Maltby and Heanor Skips, had hired the skips out to an unknown customer and delivered them to North Street, Pinxton.
But when they later turned up to collect them they had gone and police discovered the stolen skips at Greenall’s and Hardy’s yard.
Mr Kavanagh said: “When these companies went to the North Street address their skips had disappeared and a report was made to the police and after further enquiries the skips were found burned out at Greenall’s and Hardy’s yard.”
Greenall (22),of Park Lane, Pinxton, and Hardy (24) of Park Lane, Pinxton, both admitted possessing criminal property after committing the offences in March.
Defence solicitor Matt Evans said they did not realise they were stolen skips and both understand they should have made further enquiries before buying them for £80 each.
Magistrates ordered Greenall and Hardy to carry out 40 hours of community service work each and each must pay £275 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.
Greenall was told he must pay £85 costs.