Revenge was the motivation behind the theft of £5,000 of scaffolding from a former employer, Boston Magistrates’ Court has been told.
Jon-Paul Allenby, of Charles Street, Boston, took several tonnes of structures from Swift Scaffolding after he left the company following a negative experience, the bench heard.
The 19-year-old sold the metal for scrap, earning himself more than £800 – but after admitting theft on February 26 he now has to pay £2,400 in compensation.
Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said Allenby was seen taking some of the poles, and it soon came to light that more had been taken.
A visit to Boston Recycling showed that Allenby had taken the metal and had sold it.
The solicitor added: “He had previously been employed by the company but left after being accused of something he had not done. He said he was angry about that and decided to take some scaffolding and scrap it.”
Allenby told the court he had since apologised to the owner of the company and he was willing to give back the money which he had earned.
He was given a 12-week curfew and told to pay compensation to the company. He was not asked for costs.