Coventry woman guilty of stealing car badges

A woman has been found guilty of handling stolen car badges from Coventry Transport Museum and of stealing badges from cars in the local area.

49-year-old Maxine-Ann Sokil attempted to sell the badges on an Internet auctioning site when a museum employee identified some as stolen property.

Police found over 700 badges in a search on Sokil’s flat in Coventry. The defendant had claimed she acquired the badges from car boot sales and scrap yards.

Sokil was sentenced to a 12 month community requirement. Two requirements include a supervision order and 10 week curfew between 9pm and 7am.

In this case, most of the victims failed to report the theft of their car badges and this enabled Sokil to escalate her criminal activity.

Although such crime may be viewed by some as low level, it is exactly this type of offending which blights communities and has an adverse effect on victims.

– Helen Whitehead, West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service