Stolen pneumatic drill found in South Shields man’s bedroom

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A MAN from South Tyneside who was found with a stolen pneumatic drill in his bedroom is to stand trial.

James Perace, of Olive Street, South Shields, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with producing six cannabis plants and dishonestly receiving stolen goods.

The court heard police had a warrant to search Pearce’s home on December 13, and discovered the plants during the raid.

However, officers also found a type of pneumatic drill – used to break up tarmac – and a hose, valued at £580, belonging to Northumbrian Roads, in his bedroom.

Ian Haq, defending, said that Pearce maintains the drill had been left by an associate and he did not know it was there.

Pearce pleaded guilty to the cannabis charge and will be sentenced after standing trial for receiving stolen goods.

The case is scheduled for June 1. He was given unconditional bail.