A removal man who lost his job was spotted in a secure builder’s yard with a pair of gloves and a key to open diesel drums, a court heard.
Kieron Devlin (20) was caught after he ran away and jumped over a wall.
Burnley magistrates were told the defendant had just lost his job. He had found work after the incident, but had lost that too and was without income.
Devlin, of Mere Court, Burnley, admitted being found on enclosed premises for an unlawful purpose. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and was told to pay £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and a £150 criminal court charge.
Miss Alex Mann (prosecuting) said it was thought Devlin might have been trying to steal diesel because there was a smell of diesel from him.
Mr Daniel Frazer (defending) said Devlin was employed in the removal business for four years. “Unfortunately, that ended just before this incident,” said Mr Frazer. “He found himself struggling for money.”