A WOMAN who found a stolen mobile phone on a public footpath and tried to sell it via Facebook has been fined £120.
Joanne Marie Bainbridge, 32, of Gwenfro, Caia Park, appeared before Wrexham Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to theft by finding.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the victim, Dean Canning, was playing football at Queensway Sports Centre, Caia Park, on the afternoon of September 14.
He got changed in the centre’s changing-rooms, where he left his Sony Experia phone worth about £500 in his shorts pocket.
When he returned the phone was missing and the incident was reported to police.
Mr Ellis said: “On September 19 information was passed to the police that the defendant was selling a similar phone on Facebook.
“A police officer attended and she invited him in, thinking he was the person who was coming to buy it off her.”
He added Bainbridge was later arrested. When interviewed she said she found it on September 15 to 16 on the path by Queensway fields while walking her dogs.
“She put it on Facebook and agreed a sale with an old school friend.
“She agreed she should have handed it to police.”
A micro SD card and rubber phone case was missing from the phone when it was returned to Mr Canning, but Bainbridge said they were not there when she found the phone.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said the mother-of-three carried out the offence as she had recently split with her partner and was short of money.
“At the end of the day there is nothing to link Miss Bainbridge to the theft of the phone from the changing rooms,” he said. “She says when she saw it on the floor by the pathway by Queensway field it didn’t have the SD card or rubber case.
“She’s in domestic turmoil and financially she doesn’t know what’s going on.
“She invited the police officer in, thinking he was the friend she was going to sell the phone to. The phone has been returned to the victim.”
Magistrates ordered Bainbridge to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.