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Man posed as girlfriend on Facebook Marketplace to steal £450 Canada Goose jacket

A thief who posed as his girlfriend on Facebook Marketplace stole a £450 designer jacket after tricking a seller into letting him try it on.

Jack Maher, of Racecourse Walk, Radcliffe, was already on bail for a similar approached the victim in January, using an account under the name of 'Tasha Indiana Leigh Young' to enquire about a Canada Goose coat.

Maher, 20, told the man that he did not have PayPal or online banking so could only pay for the jacket in cash, prosecution barrister Nicola Gatto told Minshull Street Crown Court.

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He then told the victim to meet him at an address in Lily Hill Street, Whitefield, but said: "You won't be coming in mate - corona".

Maher added: "Don't go knocking on, gran's asleep downstairs".

They met in the man's car and Maher asked the man if he could try the jacket on to see if it fit. When he handed it over, Maher opened the car door and ran away, following a brief struggle.

The victim was later blocked from the Facebook account he had been communicating with.

After being arrested, Maher told police that he left the car because the man was 'acting weird' and that he dropped the jacket in the street.

Minshull Street Crown Court 

At the time of the crime, Maher was also on bail for a similar theft, in which he stole an iPhone after asking to inspect it, in November 2020.

He was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge in February.

Despite his denial in interview, Maher pleaded guilty to theft in relation to the jack

In a victim personal statement, the man said that he intended to use the money from the sale of the jacket to feed his family.

He said the incident has caused emotional distress, loss of confidence, and anxiety.

Defending Maher, David Thomson referenced his early admission of guilt as a mitigating factor.

He also said that there is a 'real prospect of rehabilitation', citing the pre-sentence report, which suggested that Maher be given a community order.

Sentencing Maher to a 12-month community order, Judge Angela Nield said: "People who sell items on Facebook Marketplace, eBay or any of the online sale sites are entitled to trust those buying their items and a level of behaviour that you have fallen far below.

Under the terms of the community order, Maher will have to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He has also been ordered to pay £240 pounds compensation to the victim.