Married man convicted of kerb-crawling.
Officers spotted a known sex worker in the 39-yearold's Nissan Micra car on Wednesbury Road in Walsall while she was waiting for him to return from a cash point.
They followed the pair and snared them in Wallows Lane.
The man, from Dudley, denied the allegations and said he had withdrawn PS20 for tomatoes during police interviews.
But he was found guilty of soliciting at Walsall Magistrate's Court yesterday (24) and fined PS400 and ordered to pay PS665 costs.
PC Stacey Paterson, from Walsall Police, said: "I've heard some excuses before but in the 10 years that I have been a police officer I have never heard a kerb crawler covering up his crimes by claiming to be buying tomatoes!
"Our officers and the courts saw through his lies and the man has now been found guilty.
"My message to others is simple, kerb crawling isn't a victimless crime.
"Sex workers are often very vulnerable people and if found guilty, you will have been found guilty of a sexual offence."
The man's conviction is the latest in West Midlands Police's Operation Scarlet -- a continuing crackdown on kerb crawlers.
In June and July this year eight suspected kerb crawlers were stopped and given warnings not to attend the area again or face being arrested.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Jul 25, 2013|
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