Petrol station con man caught

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Two petrol filling stations in the Driffield area were the targets of fraud by a man who put petrol in his car then claimed he had forgotten his wallet.

Carl Handley, 30, of Bracken Road, Driffield, gave two different addresses to staff at at Kirkburn Filling Station and at Station Garage, on Middle Street South, but never paid back any of the money, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

He also pleaded guilty to fraudulently using the credit card belonging to his ex-girlfriend’s mother Jayne Jennison, and to the theft of a wallet from the Costcutter supermarket on Mill Street.

The petrol stations were each targeted twice by Handley between February and June last year. The value of petrol taken was £66.52 and £9.40 from Kirkburn and £25 and £10 from Station Garage.

Prosecuting, Thomas Ledden said: “Each time he purchased fuel but said he had forgotten his wallet and entered into an agreement whereby the customer promises to pay at a later date.”

He added: “There were numerous attempts by a civil recovery company to chase the money but to no avail.”

Regards the offence with the credit card, the court heard that Handley tried to purchase goods valued at £35.99, but the company suspended the card over suspicions that a man was using it when it was registered in a woman’s name.

With the Costsutter offence, which happened on Christmas Eve last year, the court heard that a Mr David Cammell had left his wallet on the counter before it was taken by Handley. He later handed it in at the police station but without the £40 it had contained.

Mitigating, Ed Cunnah said mental health problems had been the reason why Handley had been unable to complete a community order in 2011.

He said: “He still suffers from similar problems. He will need a full assessment.”

Handley, who pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud by false representation and one of theft, was told by magistrates that his case was adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence reports. He will be sentenced on July 9.

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