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Reece Baker stole bike from schoolboy
A NAVY trainee put his job at risk by committing two offences – including pinching a schoolboy’s bike after working out in a Basingstoke school gym.
Reece Baker took the bike, worth £70, after visiting the gym at Everest Comm-unity Academy, in Oxford Way, Popley, on January 27.
The 19-year-old also stole a bottle of Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million aftershave from Debenhams, in Festival Place, one month later on February 27.
Baker, of Bermuda Close, Popley, Basingstoke, pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared in the dock at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.
Kate Prince, prosecuting, said the owner of the bike had left it next to the school bike rack because all the spaces were full.
Phil McCann, defending, said Baker sold the bike for £20, essentially for food, having had difficulties with his mother at home.
He added: “He did have a job training with the Royal Navy down in Portsmouth, but his mum had access to his bank account and took half of his money each month.
“He realises that in pleading guilty, his job with the Navy is in jeopardy which is unfortunate because he has finished his training and was to be assigned a boat.”
Magistrate Della Creasy said: “It is disappointing because only six months ago you were done for theft. Let’s hope this is not a pattern because you could end up in serious trouble.”
She fined him £70, with £40 costs, £70 compensation and £20 victim surcharge.
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