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City man admits part in bank card theft

Worcester Editorial 19th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN has admitted helping in a theft which saw more than £200 withdrawn from a city bank using a stolen card.

Stephen Robinson, of Hathaway Close, Worcester, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods after assisting in the theft, which saw £230 taken from a Halifax branch.

On Friday (March 14) the 36-year-old was handed a 12-month conditional discharge for playing his part in stealing the money on November 28 last year, and accepting £20 for his efforts.

Worcester Magistrates Court heard how Robinson and an accomplice made off with a wallet from a city bar in the early hours of the morning, and by 11am the same day had managed to withdraw the lump sum.

The court also heard how the co-defendant, who was only given a caution by police, went into the bank and claimed to be the victim, saying the card was his and signing for the money.

It was then handed to an unknown woman outside.

Mark Lister, defending solicitor, said: “The co-defendant was known to the police and was only cautioned for this, and it seems to me it’s wrong in principle when it was not Robinson who took the £230.

“However, he rather foolishly and stupidly went along and played the part you have heard.”

Robinson was also ordered to pay compensation of £20 to Halifax, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.

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