A METAL thief has been fined hundreds of pounds for stealing a broken washing machine and a piece of fencing.
Kevin Mackay, from Bridgend, West Lothian, raided a demolition contractors’ site on nearby Broxden Bing in November 2013.
Alastair Macleod, prosecuting, told Livingston Sheriff Court that a local resident had called police after seeing a group of men with a white van at the scene.
A member of staff from Hunters Demolition was dispatched to the site and saw the men with various bits of metal. He blocked their van in with his lorry until police arrived.
First offender Mackay, 24, was fined £525 after pleading guilty to stealing the metal and also admitted failing to turn up at an earlier court hearing.
Sheriff Martin Edington said: “This type of theft is all to common, so you’re going to learn a very expensive lesson.”
Alan Jackson, defending, said his client had been out of work at the time.
Mr Jackson said: “He told the police ‘I saw a pile of scrap metal and just thought I’d take it’. He’s now got a conviction for dishonesty which he very much regrets.”