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Stolen goods found in two raids in three days on Lincolnshire home

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

Lincoln Crown Court

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Police recovered a stash of stolen goods during two raids within three days on the home of a Sturgate man, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said that officers, acting on a tip-off, went to the home of Anton Stepniewski in October last year and searched the yard and outbuildings.

He said: "During the searches they found a large amount of stolen goods and were able to link quite a lot of these goods to various burglaries that had taken place in the preceding month or so."

Mr Dee said a Ford Fiesta car taken in a raid in Lincoln was found parked on the premises. The steering wheel lock and tax disc were missing and damage had been caused to the ignition barrel and the petrol cap.

A motorcycle trailer, pressure washer, a Honda motorcycle which had its chassis number removed, and stolen power tools were also found.

A Vauxhall Vectra stolen from Morton, near Gainsborough, had already been dismantled, while a trailer and more power tools were recovered.

Stepniewski claimed to have bought some of the items at Hemswell Market and others from Tickhill.

Mr Dee said: "Clearly there was a group targeting isolated farm houses, to steal. The stolen goods found a home with the defendant at his premises."

Anton Stepniewski, 23, of The Hammers, Sturgate, near Gainsborough, pleaded guilty to eight charges of handling stolen goods on dates in October 2011.

He was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years with 12 months' supervision, a 36-hour attendance centre order and a three month night-time curfew.

Christopher Lowe, defending, said Stepniewski, who had no previous convictions, got involved after starting to take cannabis.

He said: "Since that time he has taken steps to address his issues."

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