The home of 47F Grantham Squadron Air Training Corps was targeted by two scrap metal thieves from Nottingham.
Ben Senior of Longford Crescent, Nottingham, admitted theft while co-accused Paul Anthony of Main Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, admitted theft, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
The court heard Anthony and Senior were in Grantham clearing out a shop, legitimately, when Anthony spotted a opportunity to steal at the ATC in Trigg’s Yard, Grantham off Watergate.
Anthony, 28, climbed a fence, stole a bag full of metal tent pegs and handed it to Senior to put in the back of the van. However, the theft was spotted and reported to the police.
Mr Burden, defending Anthony, described the crime as an “opportunist theft”.
Senior, 20, was given a 12-month conditional discharge. He must also pay £85 in costs and a £15 surcharge.
Anthony must return to court on July 16 to learn his fate. He was released on unconditional bail.