A MOTHER alerted police when her son came home with a bag of copper piping.
Jamie Alexander Atkins, 20, of Jubilee Road, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods on May 6 when he appeared at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
He also admitted breaching a requirement of his licence.
Police went to Atkins’ home after his mother contacted them to say he had brought home a bag of copper.
He was arrested, but the copper piping was not found until the following day in a neighbour’s garden.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council later confirmed it had been taken from under the sink in the disabled toilet in St John’s Street.
During police interview, Atkins said he had been with a friend who asked if he wanted to steal copper from the toilet so they could both make some quick money.
“The defendant said ‘no,’ he did not want to do it, but the friend went in anyway and got a load of copper piping in a bag,” prosecutor Jayne Wilson said.
The friend later arrived at Atkins’ home with the copper piping, which Atkins put in a front storage area at the house.
“He knew it was stolen and admits he should have made steps to report it to the police,” Mrs Wilson said.
Mike Farr, mitigating, told the court Atkins was not responsible for the theft.
“The copper was taken a week before he was arrested. He knew it was stolen, but was waiting for his friend to pick it up.
“He did not want to turn his friend in.”
Lesley Stephenson, for Probation Services, said Atkins was having his licence revoked for using abusive language towards his supervising officer.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
Atkins was granted conditional bail until 9.30am on June 14 when he will appear at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court.