A construction worker has admitted stealing equipment from his bosses.
David Hoyle loaded eight bridge supports onto a JCB and took them to a scrapyard.
The supports have been estimated to be worth a total of £10,000.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Hoyle pleaded guilty to a charge of theft.
He will be sentenced on August 3.
By then, a pre-sentence report will be prepared by the probation service and prosecutors will determine the exact value of the stolen property so a compensation claim can be made.
The court heard Hoyle will submit character references to the court at the next hearing.
Judge John Milford QC told him: “You will be sentenced during the week of August 3 by a judge at this court.
“Meanwhile, you can have bail.”
Hoyle, of Waskerly Road, Barmston, Washington, had been working for Bill Boley Ltd, on a building site in Felling, Gateshead, when he took the steel supports.
He is then said to have driven them along Manor Road, on September 27, on a JCB telehandler to sell them for scrap.