A WOULD-be thief who was caught ‘interfering’ with a Mercedes in Dorridge said he thought it was for sale.
Mark Gough, of no fixed abode, told magistrates on Monday that he thought the area was being used for selling cars and, as the vehicle was unlocked, he decided to get into the car ‘to have a look.’
“I was out walking, it was a nice area and I thought the car was for sale,” the 25-year-old told Solihull Magistrates Court. “It looked like a classic car and I like my classic cars. The car was unlocked so I got inside to have a look.”
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said a neighbour noticed a group of people acting suspiciously in the leafy suburb on April 26 and then saw the defendant getting into the car before he was disturbed by a passer-by.
Gough, who has a record of dishonesty, told magistrates he has kept out of trouble for the past six months. He pleaded guilty to interfering with a vehicle with the intention of stealing the car or contents inside the car and was fined £110 and £20 victim surcharge.