A TEENAGE girl has been ordered to pay nearly £600 in compensation after she drove around stealing number plates and then used them to steal fuel from petrol stations.
Humma Noor wept as she told magistrates she had been ‘stupid’ but a probation service report said there was ‘sophistication’ in her crime.
The 19-year-old, of Harwood Avenue, Thetford, pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing number plates and three of making off without payment for petrol.
She also asked for a string of other similar charges to be taken into consideration.
In total, she stole £585.85 of number plates and fuel in March and April this year, stealing number plates from five people in Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and Diss, while she also stole fuel from The Esso Garage at Barton Mills, the Shell garage in Bury, as well as petrol stations in Norwich, Swaffham and Diss.
Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, said Noor had no previous convictions and applied for her 05 plate VW Golf to be seized.
Noor, who represented herself when she appeared before Bury magistrates last Thursday, said: “It was a stupid thing for me to do.”
Carl Stoodley, from the Probation Service, said Noor, who earns £60 a week, had been struggling to pay her car insurance.
“She says she feels very upset for letting her parents down and remorse for her victims for the trouble she has caused,” he said.
Presiding magistrate John Ankers said: “It was a pre-planned job.
“You got away with it the first time and went on to do it again and again and again.
“You put a lot of people out of pocket.”
Magistrates gave her a 12 month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.
She must also pay back the full £585 in compensation and £45 costs.
They decided not to confiscate her car so she could carry on working.