A MAN has been left £130 out of pocket after being caught with a wheelie bin full of scrap.
Wayne Anthony Crossling was seen by CCTV cameras pulling the large bin of scrap along the railway line near to Mainsforth Terrace in Hartlepool.
Police officers went to the railway line and arrested the 39-year-old.
Prosecutor Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The defendant was seen on CCTV with another male pulling a wheelie bin alongside the railway line at 3.30pm.
“Police went to the area and arrested the defendant and recovered the wheelie bin and its contents a short distance away.
“During interview he said he’d found the wheelie bin and the contents and said he was going to strip the cable to sell to a scrap dealer.
“The other man arrested was subsequently released with no further action.”
Crossling, who last appeared before the court in June 2010 for shoplifting, pleaded guilty to theft by finding on February 27.
He represented himself in court and when asked if he had anything to say about the matter he said: “I shouldn’t have been there in the first place. I apologise for the inconvenience.”
Chairman of the bench John Jenkins fined Crossling, of Empire Square, Hartlepool, £30, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.