Two drug addicts from Lewes have been ordered to do work for the community after being convicted of stealing garden ornaments and furniture to fund their habits.
Robert Divall and Alex Heamen targeted gardens in Lewes from which they stole items including ornamental stone mushrooms, a stone gargoyle and a metal boot stand, said Sussex Police.
They then sold them on to other businesses in the town as second hand.
The offences took place between September and December last year.
Divall and Heamen appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court where they pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and two charges of handling stolen goods.
Divall, 30, of St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, was given a 12 months community sentence and was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and to pay £76.25 in compensation.
Heamen, 22, also of St Anne’s Crescent, was given a 12 months community sentence and was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay £76.25 in compensation.
PC Justin Denney, of Newhaven Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would like to thank the victims of these offences and the businesses involved for their time and support, without which the two defendants would not have been brought to justice.
“Anyone who is offered the chance to buy items for a price that sounds too good to be true should think long and hard before they hand over any money.
“We are likely to seize any stolen items we find and you may not get the money back you paid for them.”
If you are offered items you believe could be stolen call 101.