POLICE found a man hiding in bushes close to a stolen trailer and other stolen goods, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.
Caine Mills (27), an unemployed mechanic, with an address listed as Donore Crescent, Antrim, came to PSNI attention on August 29 last year.
The defendant was sentenced on two charges of receiving stolen goods and one of disorderly behaviour.
A prosecutor said goods including tools, vacuum cleaners, a Harrods moneybox and around £1,000 cash and cheques, which were stolen from an outbuilding in the Gracehill area on August 29, were found.
The court heard police were contacted at 4am by a member of the public who disturbed males acting suspiciously in the Largy Road area between Portglenone and Randalstown.
A car with false number plates was towing a stolen trailer.
Other items belonging to others were found.
When arrested the defendant was taken to Antrim Hosptial where his “behaviour deteriorated”.
Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said others were involved who “got away” and Mills was the “one left carrying the can”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant the only thing saving him from prison was the fact there had been no re-offending since last year.
The judge said they were “very serious” offences.
Judge Broderick said if it had not been for the “good actions of the police” Mills would have been long gone from the area.
He said the defendant had a previous record including for receiving stolen goods and said Mills seemed to be someone who “sneaks out at night” and gets involved in dishonest behaviour.
Mills was given a ten months prison term, suspended for three years.