Man who stole rose from neighbour twice caught on CCTV
A MAN who twice stole the same plant pot from an elderly neighbour was caught out by the pensioner’s CCTV camera, a court heard.
Ryan Tippett, aged 27, took the rose bush from the lady’s garden, but on the second occasion he was recognised on the footage by the police, Plymouth magistrates heard.
The court heard Tippet had psychiatric problems and sentence was adjourned for a probation officer to complete a full report on his background.
Tippett, of Wythburn Gardens, Estover, admitted theft of a mop, bucket and rose bush in a ceramic pot worth a total of £26 on February 29. He also pleaded guilty to theft of the same bush on April 4, after it had been returned to her garden.
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Tippett denied two further matters of theft of flower pots from nearby houses.
Michael Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, offered no evidence and the bench discharged those counts. He said a pensioner living in Keswick Gardens, Estover, had a mop, bucket and rose bush taken from outside her home overnight on February 29.
Mr Brown said she had installed a CCTV camera on her property and observed a man taking the items. He added: “A few days later the items turned up again.”
But he said the same rose bush was taken again overnight on April 4. Mr Brown said this time an officer recognised Tippett and the bush was recovered from his home. The court heard Tippett had previous convictions for theft. Bill LaHive, for Tippett, said he had been out of trouble for 19 months. He added Tippett had a lot of mental health problems and had a psychiatric appointment early next year. Magistrates released him on unconditional bail to return for sentence on January 14.