Copper thieves 'got carried away' in County Antrim village

Copper thieves 'got carried away' in County Antrim village

A MAN and others had gone to a house in Glynn village near Larne to steal copper but "got carried away and decided to take as much as they possibly could," Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

Adam James Black (28), of Staffa Drive in Ballymena, was sentenced for burglary; stealing a trailer and using a vehicle without insurance regarding February 11 this year.

A prosecutor said police received a report of an an "ongoing burglary" with three people present. A trailer had been stolen earlier in the day.

The trailer and car contained a copper boiler and copper piping.

A defence lawyer accepted it was a "serious case".

He said a co-accused had received a four months sentence in relation to the matter.

The lawyer said the defendant and others had "gone to take a relatively small amount" of piping but "got carried away basically and decided to take as much as they possibly could".

The stolen items were recovered.

Deputy District Judge Greg McCourt said it was a "serious, opportunist, theft".

He handed down an eight months prison term, suspended for two years; along with six penalty points and a £300 fine.