Sleaford and Lincoln duo admit petrol thefts
Two men accused of stealing petrol from stations across the county have appeared before Lincoln magistrates.
Scott Humphries, of Manor Place, Sleaford, was accused of 19 separate charges of stealing fuel to the alleged value of more than £1,300.
Humphries also faced joint charges with Graham Buckley, of Cannon Street, Lincoln, of also stealing fuel from petrol stations.
The court was disrupted when Buckley's mobile phone rang several times. He was warned by magistrates and the usher to turn the device off but it was then seized by the usher.
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The court heard how the pair was accused of stealing £420 worth of fuel over three consecutive days. Both pleaded guilty to the offences.
Miss McCaffrey, representing Humphries, told the court: "The car used in the three occasions of petrol theft was registered to Scott Humphries and was easily traced by the police through CCTV images."
Magistrates have sent the case to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing.
Buckley was released on unconditional bail and Humphries was released on conditional bail that he did not enter any petrol stations or forecourts where alleged offences had been committed.