Two burglars who wrecked an empty bungalow after raiding it to steal copper have each been jailed for 16 months after a judge told them their home town needs a rest from them.
Kyle Husak and Luke Shepardson targeted the unoccupied property in Waterloo Street, Market Rasen, after the elderly owner passed away.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said police were called out after a neighbour heard noise coming from the bungalow in the early hours of the morning.
Officers arrived to find water pouring through the ceiling part of which was hanging down.
The pair were found sitting on the floor in the front bedroom.
A copper water tank in the bedroom had been damaged an copper piping had been removed and cut up.
Husak, 26, and Shephardson, 25, both of no fixed address, each admitted burglary on March 21.
The court heard that Husak’s previous convictions included eight burglaries, 15 thefts and 14 offences of handling stolen goods.
Shephardson also had previous convictions for burglary and theft.
They were each jailed for 16 months after Judge Sean Morris told them: “You are a couple of thieves. Market Rasen needs a rest from you.
“Decent people will rejoice that you have at long last been locked up.”
Roxanne Aisthorpe, for Husak, urged the judge to give him a chance saying her client had come off drugs and is motivated to change his life.
“He says that he is fully committed to being drug free,” Ms Aisthorpe said. “He doesn’t want to spend any more time in prison.”
David Eager, for Shephardson, said the pair saw the property was derelict and decided to go in and steal copper.
He said Shephardson has a drug problem and at the time did not have stable accommodation.