Thief had 245 offences on his record

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A crook with almost 250 offences to his name who stole a wallet from a car outside a Nelson school later handed it back – after his partner told the victim who had done it, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Michael Thomas Fisher (43) had flung the wallet into a back street. A short time later his then girlfriend turned up at his house with the victim, who worked at the school, and he retrieved the wallet and returned it. Fisher then went with his partner to another man’s address and got the victim’s bank cards back.

The jobless defendant, who has 245 previous offences on his record, including theft and handling stolen goods, is currently subjected to a drugs programme.

Fisher, of Holly Street, Nelson, admitted theft on April 26th. He was given a six month conditional discharge and was told to pay £50 compensation to the victim.

The court was told the victim, whose vehicle was parked outside Walverden Primary School, found the glove box had been opened and that his wallet and its contents were gone. Later that day a woman attended the school and said she was the partner of the person who stole it and would get it back for the victim.

When Fisher was questioned he said, for a reason he couldn’t explain, he had sat in the car and a second man took the wallet. The prosecutor said: “He accepted he had committed an offence of theft because of his actions.”

Scott Parker (defending) said: “He apologises for his actions. He does ask me to stress this is a blip on his part. He doesn’t want to go back to what he was doing in the past, which is considerable offences of dishonesty.”