Guilty plea from theft suspect

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A LAKENHEATH man has admitted stealing from a house that was being renovated.

Helder Melo, 39, took a copper hot water cylinder and two sets of golf clubs after getting inside the property in the town’s High Street.

Melo, of Sandgalls, had been due to go on trial at Ipswich Crown Court on May 13 after entering a plea of not guilty.

However, before a jury had been sworn in, Melo changed his plea to guilty to an offence of entering the property as a trespasser and stealing items.

John Kellett, prosecuting, told the court that the theft took place between June 20 and June 23 last year.

It was alleged that the copper cylinder had later been sold to a scrap metal merchant at Freckenham.

The court heard that at the time of the theft the property was being renovated by a builder who intended to offer it to let after the work was completed.

The theft of the water cylinder resulted in the building being flooded and caused damage which cost hundreds of pounds to put right, said Mr Kellett.

Judge David Goodin told Melo that he would continue to be granted bail until his next court appearance.

Before Melo is sentenced in early July, Judge Goodin ordered that a pre-sentence report should be prepared by the Probation Service.