A Worksop man was left ‘carrying the can’ when police swooped on a gang of fuel thieves.
A police helicopter tracked a Ford Fiesta from Blyth Services on the A1 to a nearby field where Dale Anthony Adams was arrested on August 26 last year.
The alarm had been raised after reports of diesel theft from parked HGVs in the area.
Adams, 22, of Radford Street, Worksop, pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft, but told police he had only been a passenger in the car.
Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said Adams told the police he ran from them because he believed that he was trespassing. Officers stated that he smelled of diesel and was wearing gloves. He did not name the other occupants of the car.
Police also found 19 30 litre plastic drums in the car and two lengths of piping.
David Verity, defending, said: “It seems somewhat surprising that no one else was charged. Unfortunately he is having to carry the can for what happened.
“He didn’t steal any diesel and was simply a passenger. The gloves that were found on him were taken from the car.”
Sentencing, Mr Harry Banner said: “We don’t understand why you got involved in this but we’re going to give you the benefit of the doubt. We don’t want you back in this court again.”
Magistrates imposed a three month curfew on Adams, from 8pm to 5am, and a three month community order. He must pay court costs and a victim surcharge.