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Stolen goods found in teen's bedroom

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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A HAYLE teenager has pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods linked to a spate of car and shed breaks-ins.

At Truro Magistrates' Court Kieran Coe, of Harveys Way, admitted to handling stolen electrical goods valued at £900, and being in possession of 26 wraps of cannabis with the intent to supply.

The 19-year-old was arrested just before 4.30am on December 20 after the number of vehicle crimes reported led to patrols being increased in the town, said Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service.

After two men carrying bags of clothing in the Pathway Fields area were approached by officers and ran off, a police dog team led them to the house where Coe lived with his parents.

"He was not present when the officers initially arrived and officers were able to search with consent," she told the court.

In Coe's bedroom they found sat-navs and laptop computers.

Magistrates heard the cannabis was found in wraps worth about £10 each, along with scales and a list of names. Ms May said: "The property recovered from the room was subsequently identified and traced to owners.

"There was also property in the room that had been wrapped up for sale."

She said Coe had been involved in a "commercial operation".

Coe had told police he bought the sat-navs in batches of ten for £3.50 from someone he refused to identify.

"He said he knew they were stolen and was selling them on eBay to make a profit," she said.

The court heard Coe had no previous convictions but did have a warning in 2010 for assaulting a PC and a reprimand for shop theft in 2008.

Sergeant Simon Dobson, from Hayle police, said: "The handled goods were definitely linked to that crime spree because the goods were identified as being stolen from some of those crimes.

"We are pleased that we have been able to positively deal with him for what he has done and that we have managed to recover some people's belongings."

Coe was given bail with a daily curfew between 9pm and 7am and will appear at Truro Crown Court next month for sentencing.

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