A FORMER plumber has admitted to stealing £1,500 worth of copper piping in a burglary from a Scarborough home.
Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard that Jason Crummack, 35, removed floor boards and side panels of a bath in his search for metal at the property in Prince of Wales Terrace.
Catherine Turnbull, prosecuting, said: “The property was undergoing renovation and refurbishment. The owner returned to find that the external rear door had been forced.”
Police tracked Crummack down after they discovered his finger prints at the crime scene.
He pleaded guilty to the burglary, which he committed on August 18.
In his police interview following his arrest, Crummack claimed to have found an unlocked door and said he received just £47 for the metal.
The court also heard that Crummack, of Ganton, owed £483 to the court having paid just £120 in five years. At the time of the hearing, he had not made a payment in 10 months.
Caroline Wyatt, mitigating, said that Crummack had entered the property after finding an open door as he had been looking for somewhere to sleep.
“He was intending to return to the Ganton area but he missed the bus,” Miss Wyatt said.
“He made his way inside and he did find the items. He says he didn’t disconnect them but found them on the floor. He accepts he took them and sold them.”
Miss Wyatt added that her client had already been punished by his partner after she learned he had been involved in the burglary.
“They have fallen out - she is not overly happy about it,” she said. “It is hoped that the relationship can rekindle.”
Crummack was also sacked after his employer learned he had committed the crime.
When asked about why he had not paid his fines, Crummack told magistrates: “My girlfriend takes care of the bank account. I wasn’t aware that they hadn’t been paid.”
For the burglary, Crummack was sentenced to a community order with the requirement that he carries out 130 hours of unpaid work.
No order was made for costs or compensation.
Jack Stephenson, the chairman of the bench, handed Crummack a suspended jail sentence for his unpaid fines.
He was told he would be sent to prison for 14 days if he did not pay £10 a fortnight.
Mr Stephenson added: “Should you miss a payment, don’t be coming back here and saying whatever. The sentence will be implemented.”