Scrap thief caught in act

Law and order
Law and order

A TEENAGER who took part in thefts of metal from a trader’s back yard was caught on camera, a court heard.

Two builders’ bags filled with copper pipe off-cuts went missing from behind gas fitter Robert Beresford’s Chesterfield home on April 19.

Mr Beresford returned home from work and checked security film he had installed. It showed three men enter the property through a gate and load the bags onto a van.

“They then returned to the property and tried to remove two copper heating cylinders but a neighbour disturbed them and they left,” Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told town magistrates.

“A few months later, the van seen on CCTV was spotted on a garage forecourt and stopped by police. Aaron Levy was the driver and Nathan Newbury a passenger. Both were arrested.”

Newbury told police he went looking for scrap occasionally with Levy but never trespassed onto private land.

“He was then shown still images of him on the complainant’s property and he made a full admission. They both accepted taking the metal to a scrap merchants,” added Mrs Griffiths.

Newbury (18) of Corbriggs caravan park, Hasland, and Levy (20) of Radford Street, Worksop, admitted theft of scrap metal.

Newbury, who had previous convictions for theft, and Levy, who had been cautioned for theft, were each ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Beresford.

They must also each do 60 hours unpaid work and they were banned from driving for a year. Magistrates decided not to confiscate the van used in the crime after hearing it belonged to Levy’s aunt in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Their solicitor, John Kavanagh, said they obtained about £120 when the metal was weighed in at the scrapyard.