three teenagers have been caught red-handed stealing lead from the roof of a listed building in Doncaster town centre.
They were caught pushing wheelie bins away from the Nether Hall council offices after a member of the public reported the crime around dawn last Sunday.
The bins were full of lead weighing about 500kgs.
Police discovered a large amount of lead had been stolen from the roof of Nether Hall finance offices.
The lead is valued at around £3,000 to replace, but the damage caused to the building will require specialist contractors, which could see the repair bill run into many thousands of pounds.
Christopher Booth, aged 19, of Chequer Road, Doncaster, was given 160 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay £100 compensation when he appeared before Doncaster magistrates and two 17-year-olds were remanded to the youth court. They all admitted theft.
Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for communities, said: “I am appalled that a small minority think it is acceptable to cause thousands of pounds of damage to a public building. I am glad to see these thieves have been caught and we’ll continue to be vigilant about lead theft.”