Cheddar man admits fraud by using 'burgled' cash card
A MAN attempted to withdraw cash from an ATM using a bank card that had been stolen during a burglary in Wells two hours earlier.
Kevin Townsend claimed he had been asked to do it by an unknown man who had arrived at his address in the early hours of the morning and had offered him £50 to do it.
However, he was caught red-handed on CCTV committing the offence and when he was unable to get any money out threw the card away.
Townsend, aged 41, of Walnut Close, Cheddar, pleaded guilty to an allegation of fraud by attempting to withdraw funds from an account not belonging to himself with the intention of causing a loss to a Wells resident at Farrington Gurney on April 23.
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He also admitted being in possession of 0.3g of heroin on the same date when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil.
Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that the bank card was stolen during a burglary at an address in Wookey Hole Road, Wells, at 4.15am on April 23.
At 6.48am an attempt was made at an ATM at Farrington Gurney Service Station to withdraw £100.
Townsend was tracked down via his vehicle on CCTV footage.
When it was later searched, heroin was found inside.
Defending solicitor Ray Peters said that Townsend had been a prolific offender but since his last release from prison had made a big effort to change his lifestyle.
He was now back with his wife and distancing himself from people he had been staying with at the time of the incident.
The magistrates fined him £300 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge.
The heroin was to be destroyed.