Teen stole grandmother’s mobility scooter to buy designer clothes

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A teenager stole his grandmother’s mobility scooter hoping to sell it to raise cash to buy designer clothes, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday).

Adrian Collins, who had moved in with his grandmother a few weeks earlier, asked to borrow the scooter and was allowed to take it for the day.

Christopher Geeson, prosecuting, said Collins also took the charger and then arranged to sell the scooter for £300. He found a buyer who gave him a £50 deposit but asked for the paper work before paying the remainder.

Mr Geeson said “That was the last she saw of him.

“The scooter cost his grandmother £899. She used it every day. She was in poor health and that was her only means of getting around. She was left in fear that the defendant would steal more things from her and because of that she had to change her locks.”

Collins had earlier been living at the home of a friend in Spilsby but while the owner went away on holiday he stole two boxes of jewellery. He also took an iPad, an iPod and a camera.

The court was told that Collins moved into the Spilsby address following his release from an earlier custodial sentence.

Collins ,18, formerly of Queens Road, Skegness, but currently of no fixed address, was given 18 months at a young offenders’ institution after admitting three charges of theft.

Judge Michael Heath told him “Your grandmother so trusted you that she allowed you to borrow her scooter.

“What a despicable way this was to repay people who had shown you kindness by providing you with somewhere to live and a new start.”

Neil Sands, defending, said Collins accepted he faced a custodial sentence for what he did.

He said that while on remand in custody awaiting his sentence Collins had taken courses to improve his maths and English and has hopes of obtaining work when he is released.

Mr Sands added “He committed these offences to buy designer clothes.”