Two men did a runner when police stopped a Citroen van that had stolen garden ornaments inside.
Driver Luke Upton (34), formerly of Rose View Drive, Holbeach, remained at the scene, but could not be directly connected with the theft of a bird bath and a Grecian statuette stolen that day from an address in Austendyke Road, Weston Hills.
Upton, now of Alan Jarvis Way, Terrington St Clement, pleaded guilty to assisting in the retention of stolen goods when he appeared before magistrates in Boston today (Wednesday).
The self-employed gardener was fined £75 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Nick Todd, prosecuting, said police stopped Upton’s van on the B1165 at about 10pm on Sunday, April 27.
Two men inside “did a runner”, leaving Upton behind, and police found a number of large garden ornaments in the back, including the two stolen earlier that day from the Weston Hills address.
Mr Todd told the court: “There is no direct evidence against Mr Upton for being involved in the theft.”
He said Upton’s solicitor, Andrew Goldsborough, would tell the court that the other two men were responsible for the theft – but Upton was transporting those men.
Mr Goldsborough said the police stop happened “within a relatively short period of time of the theft”, but – as the court heard – there was no evidence linking him to the theft.