A MAN stole heat logs from a South Tyneside garage – before setting them alight for an early Bonfire night celebration.
Dylan Thompson and three other men were spotted by a worker snatching £77 worth of logs during a late-night raid at Ridgeway Service Station, in South Shields.
The theft was from the station forecourt was captured on CCTV – with Thompson identified as one of the group by police.
The 27-year-old, of Hollingside Way, South Shields, was ordered to pay a one quarter share of compensation – amounting to £19.25 – after admitting the theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The other three men involved had also previously been ordered to pay the same share of compensation, one when he was charged at court and the other two when given cautions by police.
Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “At 11.32pm on October 30, a member of staff reported to police that four men had stole from the forecourt of the service station.
“Police attended the garage to view CCTV and saw four the group stealing the heat logs. “Thomas was identified as one of the men and arrested. In police interview, he admitted taking the items and leaving without offering to pay. He said he went to a field opposite and set fire to the heat logs to make a bonfire.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “I would ask that there is equity in the compensation, so he pays a quarter of the amount.”