A MAN swapped his car registration plates for stolen ones – so that he could steal fuel from a petrol station.
Ahmed Rashid faces sentencing by a crown court judge after admitting the offence in November last year.
Magistrates in Huddersfield were told the registration plates belonged to the owner of a red Mazda.
The car had been parked outside the owner’s address on Battye Avenue in Crosland Moor. But when he returned to the car he found the back and front plates were missing.
The number plates were next seen on a Vauxhall Corsa being driven by Rashid.
He was seen at a petrol station on Westbourne Road in Marsh, filling the vehicle with £62 of fuel.
Rashid, of Sandene Avenue, Crosland Moor, drove off without paying.
The number plates were found dumped in a bin a few days later.
Rashid, 23, said the car he was driving belonged to his mother and initially denied the offence.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said: “When police told him that he had been seen on CCTV at the petrol station he smiled and fully admitted the offence.
“He said he took the plates off the car in order to commit the further offence of making off without payment.
“He said ‘I'm not working at the moment, I needed petrol so I stole it’.
Magistrates were told that Rashid was in court last year for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, for which he received a suspended prison sentence.
They sent Rashid to crown court to be sentenced by a judge on March 1.