A man caught stealing TVs and washing machines from recycling centres in Larne and Glenarm was ‘furnishing’ his home as he had no money following a fire in which he lost his personal possessions.
Terence McCloskey (47), of Latharna House, Larne, admitted theft charges and at Ballymena Magistrates Court on July 25 he was given a four months jail term, suspended for a year.
A previous court heard the defendant was caught stealing washing machines which had been bundled over a ten foot high fence at Glenarm Recycling Centre last November.
A prosecutor said the goods were recovered from the other side of the fence at the recycling centre.
A member of staff had spotted two males who removed the washing machines before they left in a vehicle towing a trailer without the machines.
The employee took a photo of the vehicle.
At 1.30am on April 13 this year police saw the defendant walking from a recycling centre in Larne carrying two TVs.
Defence solicitor Sara Edge said McCloskey had “fallen on hard times” following a fire at his home which meant he was left with no personal possessions and no way to refurbish a new home.
He had been in “dire straits,” the solicitor added.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: “You have to understand that you can’t be going into the recycling centre and taking goods”.