A diesel thief has been warned he could face custody after targeting businesses in West Norfolk.
Ramunas Bruzaitis, who was convicted of siphoning fuel from a truck in June, was back in the dock again on Friday after being caught with 22 empty diesel drums near a haulage yard in Terrington St John.
The unemployed 25-year-old appeared before Lynn magistrates and admitted going equipped for theft between September 8 and 11.
Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said police were on duty on a farm track in Terrington St John at about 11.30pm on September 9 when they saw a Ford Focus crammed full with diesel drums.
She said: “There were also drums around the vehicle and the defendant was found hiding in the bushes nearby.”
Ms Neill told the court the owner of a nearby haulage company had been experiencing problems with diesel thefts recently, and was around £1,500 out of pocket.
The case was adjourned until today for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, with all options kept open – including custody.
Bruzaitis, of Opportune Road, Wisbech, was released on conditional bail.