Two ‘not very clever’ men have been given community orders after a burglary at a shooting range owned by Long Sutton’s Commonwealth Games medallist Aaron Heading.
Isaiah Waters (19) and Adam Forder (23) appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday in connection with the incident, which took place at the Priory Clay Target Centre in Sutton Bridge, overnight between October 22 and October 23, 2015.
Waters pleaded guilty to the burglary, which saw the theft of a clay trap belonging to ex-Peele Community College student Mr Heading and a tool box, valued at a total of about £1,500.
Forder pleaded guilty to handling the stolen goods.
Prosecutor Jim Clare told the court that after the incident had occurred: “Mr Stancer’s father discovered the clay pigeon trap for sale on a social network.
“An associate of Mr Stancer makes enquiries and recovers the tool box that particular day.”
Waters was arrested on October 26, and although he initially denied his involvement, in interview he later admitted to carrying out the burglary.
Automatic Number Plate Registration later identified a blue Corsa seen near the incident as belonging to Forder and he was arrested on October 30.
A report by the probation service said Waters “showed remorse over his actions” and said he was aware he “failed to consider the consequences”.
It said Forder, who moved to King’s Lynn with his partner and daughter, had previously been punished for a similar offence, in which he sold a computer for a friend which “he later found out was stolen”.
The report said he was currently laid off work as a roofer with a hernia but hoped an upcoming operation would sort that. It said he admitted he “was easily led”.
Defending, Mike Alexander said Forder had agreed to take part due to his current circumstances so he “could provide for his family for Christmas”. He said however, that both items had been recovered.
He said: “Mr Forder and Mr Waters are friends, they went out in the car for a drive, stopped for a cigarette in the locality of this building and saw it was open.
“Mr Waters even accepts to me ‘I don’t know why I went in to have a look around’. They don’t know why they did it. He said to me ‘I saw that, I didn’t even know what it was’.”
He later added: “These two are not very clever and went on to demonstrate how unclever they are by what they did – the stolen property was put on sale almost immediately’.
Magistrates gave Waters, of Kitchener Street, King’s Lynn, a two-month community order including 120 hours’ unpaid work, a £60 victim surcharge and £40 costs.
Forder, of Ruddy Duck Lane, King’s Lynn, formerly of Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, was also given a 12-month community order, including a 15-day thinking skills rehabilitation order, plus a £50 fine, £60 victim surcharge, and £40 costs.
Chairman of magistrates Mr Taylor said: “The bench feels this was quite a silly thing to do, and hopefully you will learn from it.”