A phone call to the police from an Ilkeston scrapyard led to two men being fined for stealing scrap metal.
Bradley Warwick, 22, was fined £461 and accomplice Leon Labrum, 31, was fined £346 for Derby Magistrates Court earlier this month.
The pair, from Long Eaton, were each forced to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge too on Tuesday, November 20.
Officers received a call from the scrapyard last year, reporting ‘suspicious behaviour’ in relation to the men trying to weigh in metal.
Pc Andy Kendall-Edwards, who arrested them and seized their vehicle and metal they were trying to weigh in, said: “Our team have established a good rapport with the majority of scrapyards in Ilkeston, so they are alert as to when to contact us.
“In this case we have had a positive result from that one phone call and perhaps prevented many more scrap metal thefts.”
As of this week, scrap metal dealers will not be allowed to pay for metal with cash and must use BACS transfers or cheques instead, meaning they will be easier to trace.