A SCRAP metal thief targeted a pub undergoing a refit.
Kirk Lee Scott paid an early morning visit to The Rosedene in Ashbrooke, Sunderland.
But the 31-year-old was looking to line his pockets, rather than enjoy a pint.
Scott, from Grangetown, helped himself to nine beer pumps, wires and two coolers, which he loaded into the back of a Vauxhall Astra.
But he was captured on CCTV and pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Brian Payne, prosecuting, said the assistant manager noticed the back yard had been disturbed when she arrived at the pub in Queen Alexandra Road on the morning of June 6.
She checked CCTV and saw Scott piling up items behind the pub, between 6am and 7am. He told police he had been given permission to pick up the pumps and other pieces of metal - worth £350 - which were being stored outside while The Rosedene was being refitted.
Scott, who is subject to a suspended sentence for shoplifting, then sold them to a scrap yard in Pallion for £100.
Mr Payne told the court the defendant had an “extremely extensive record”, with 114 offences and 46 convictions, many for theft and dishonesty.
His solicitor, Tom Morgan told the court Scott, of Hill View Square, had felt aggrieved about pleading guilty, as he felt he had permission to take the “scrap.”
But he now accepted the person he spoke to was not entitled to let him have it.
He added that Scott’s offending had built up to “a crescendo”, due to his drug use.
Mr Morgan said: “Last year he was released from custody with no money. He stole some items and sold them to pay for food.
“He had a couple of relapses on his methadone prescription and was using heroin and that was the reason for these offences.”
Magistrates extended his suspended sentence to 18 months and imposed a 12-month community order, with a nine-month drug treatment and testing requirement.
He must also pay £100 compensation to The Rosedene, £80 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.