A 72-year-old grandfather has been convicted after police investigating a ram-raid gang found stolen property at his home.

Arthur Conway, who had no previous convictions, was fined a total of £500 after he admitted handling stolen goods for the gang who included his 24-year-old son.

Judge Robert Bartfield told him yesterday that he had forfeited his good character.

Prosecutor Andrew Dallas told Bradford Crown Court that when police officers searched Conway's home in Highbridge Terrace, West Bowling, Bradford, they found an £800 DVD player which had been stolen during a ram-raid on an audio and visual equipment shop in Brighouse.

A set of £2,200 golf clubs which had been in a Vauxhall Zafira stolen from outside a house in Huddersfield, were also discovered on the landing. And a £300 digital camera, which had been taken from a car about 14 months earlier, was also recovered.

Conway, who has various health problems including angina and diabetes, pleaded guilty to three charges of handling stolen goods. The court heard that £1,000 was found by police inside a grandfather clock in Conway's house and he accepted that £250 of that money belonged to him.

Judge Bartfield said his share of the money seized would be used to pay half of his fine within 28 days and the remainder would be paid at £3 per week.

Barrister Andrew Hatton, for Conway, said the golf clubs and the DVD had been brought to the house by his son Nicholas, now awaiting sentence for his part in a conspiracy to commit house burglaries and ram-raids.

Conway, of Scholes Street, Bankfoot, Bradford, and David Swindon, 30, of Poolsbrook Road, Chesterfield, have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and Swindon has also admitted taking part in another ram-raid attack at shop in Netherton, Wakefield, while on bail.

Daniel Barker, 22, of Priestley Terrace, Wibsey, Bradford, has also admitted his part in the conspiracy in relation burglaries at commercial premises only.

A fourth man, 20-year-old Damien Royle, of Smith Avenue, Odsal, Bradford, has pleaded guilty to being involved in burglaries at the specialist shop in Brighouse and similar raid on a newsagents in Southowram when an automatic cashpoint machine, containing £3,900, was stolen.

No date has been fixed for the sentence hearing for the four men, who have all been remanded in custody