TWO brothers were caught in the act as they tried to steal a metal container from premises using a flatbed truck.
Police received a report of a break-in at the derelict Hamer and Goodlad site at Renishaw, on the outskirts of Sheffield, and found four men at the scene.
“They had a 22-tonne flatbed lorry with a lifting arm and were trying to lift the container onto it,” prosecuting solicitor Robert Carr told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court.
“Daniel Vernon was operating the controls while Sean Vernon and another man were hooking chains on to the container and lifting arm.”
The pair told police they had permission to be there – but the officers spotted a chain used to secure gates at the site had been cut.
Police contacted the owner of the truck, who told them 23-year-old Daniel Vernon sometimes drove lorries for him but they said he did not have permission to use the Scania truck at that time.
The brothers, both of Bramley House, off Syday Lane, Spinkhill, admitted attempted theft of the £500 container and causing £50 damage at the yard on October 30.
Daniel Vernon also admitted taking the lorry without consent and driving without insurance.
The bench adjourned sentence until Wednesday for probation service reports.
Denney Lau, defending, said Daniel Vernon admitted to police that the offence was his idea, saying he had asked his 20-year-old brother to come along.
“The container was rusty with holes in it. It looked abandoned and he thought it could be weighed in for scrap.
“He borrowed the lorry from his boss but he didn’t ask permission. He was trying to save up money to move home.”
Mr Lau said: “Both brothers have class 1 HGV licences. They have been laid off because of this offence and it will be difficult for them to find similar work now.”
Another man arrested at the scene was cautioned for his part in the offence.