Metal thief’s suspended jail term

A JAIL sentence hangs over a Sheffield man seen leaving a property with lead stripped from a garage roof.

Georgi Nikolov, aged 30, of Nottingham Street, Pitsmoor, was spotted walking down the driveway of a house in Old Whittington, Chesterfield, carrying a roll of lead flashing in November.

When the householder, Elizabeth Troth, challenged him, Nikolov said ‘It’s just a bit of scrap’ but left it when Mrs Troth accused him of stealing it from her garage.

Nikolov had pulled up outside her house in a van and Mrs Troth took down his registration number.

When questioned by police he admitted the offence and pleaded guilty to theft at court.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks behind bars but had the jail term suspended for two years. Nikolov was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and to pay £200 compensation and £85 costs.

Presiding magistrate David Sobjak said: “This type of crime is prevalent at the moment and will not be tolerated. You travelled to this area to commit this offence.”

Probation officer Jerry Starnes said Nikolov came to Britain two years ago with his partner and young daughter. He was working at a car wash until he was told he could only do it on a self-employed basis.

“His work permit would not allow that so he started collecting scrap,” added Mr Starnes.