A CASH-strapped thief was caught red handed stripping lead roofing off a council property, Solihull magistrates heard.
Police were called to Smith’s Wood on August 30, after Adam Hadley, 37, along with several others, was spotted on top of a bungalow removing £40 worth of the metal.
Officers arrived and ‘invited’ the thieves to join them on the ground. A short chase followed and the defendant, of Skye Close, Smith’s Wood, was arrested. When questioned Hadley also admitted stealing diesel from a DM Contractors building site in Solihull on August 14.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said Hadley told police he had lost his job and had no other income.
“The defendant said, in relation to the diesel, he simply needed the fuel for his car.
“He admitted his actions were wrong and said he was sorry for his behaviour.”
Inderjit Ryat, defending, confirmed Hadley had lost his job prior to the theft.
Hadley was ordered to pay £210 in fines and court costs but avoided paying compensation as the court had no estimate for repairs.
The fines and costs were added to the £860 Hadley already had in outstanding court fees for other offences.