Three men have appeared in court after scrap metal worth thousands of pounds was taken from a Corby firm.
The three appeared at Northampton Crown Court in relation to the disappearance of between eight and 10 lorry loads of scrap metal from Aluminium Shapes, based at Princewood Road, Corby.
The court was told the scam was put together by Aluminium Shapes worker Craig Haldane, 47, of Corby, scrapyard owner Robert Turiccki, 47, of Station Road, Burton Latimer, and accomplice George Conway, 35, of Thoresby Court, Corby.
Conway admitted theft.
Haldane, who pleaded guilty to one count of theft, loaded up trucks full of metal which were then driven on the back of 7.5-ton lorries to Seaton Scrapyard in Rutland, owned by Turiccki. Turiccki denied the theft charge but admitted handling stolen goods.
The prosecution estimated between eight and 10 loads of metal were stolen with a value of up to £84,000 over a six-month period in 2010-11.
Two of the defendants argued this was incorrect, and they had actually only taken about half of the estimated total.
The men were caught red-handed in April 2011 and one load of metal was recovered and returned to the firm. Judge Fowler ordered that more detailed estimates were sought from the firm.
Sentencing was adjourned until later this month at Leicester Crown Court.