Sunderland tenant stole tools from his landlord

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A THIEF stole tools worth more than £450 from his landlord.

Ian Anderson took the equipment from a room in Azalea Terrace, Sunderland.

The finger of suspicion quickly pointed at Anderson, 43, and the tools were found in his room.

Anderson pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “At the time of the offence, the defendant was resident in the same address. It is a multiple accommodation building with 20 rooms, of which 13 are occupied.

“Each room has a lockable door with a key. The victim is a man who owns the flats.  

“He left some tools in room number five, which is one of the unoccupied flats.

“He left the tools there on Friday, March 21, and when he came back on March 25, the tools were missing.”

When police searched Anderson’s room, they also found a small bag of cannabis.

The tools were found in drawers under his bed.

Anderson initially denied taking the tools, saying the landlord “had it in for him” and wanted him out of the property.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until April 22.