Diesel raid at haulage firm
DIESEL thief Arunas Kersevicius has been sentenced to 50 hours unpaid work.
The 23-year-old was caught stealing fuel worth £1,125 from haulier Arthur Shirley on February 24.
Prosecutor Steve Knowles told North Staffordshire magistrates Mr Shirley received a call at 11.15pm informing him that someone was trying to break into his haulage yard.
He attended and found 30 25-litre drums of diesel in the field behind the site and he found three lorries had been attacked.
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There was some diesel spillage and £200 damage to the fence.
Kersevicius ran off after being arrested. But he was detained by a police dog.
The defendant, of Lowther Street, Hanley, pleaded guilty to theft.
Gary Corbett, mitigating, said the majority of the diesel was recovered and added the defendant, who wants to return to his native Lithuania, spent nearly four days in custody after his arrest.
As well as the unpaid work, Kersevicius was told to pay £100 compensation for the damage to the fence, a £60 victim surcharge and £40 costs.