Two men caught red-handed with knifes, a hammer, hacksaw and torch in the early hours of the morning told police they were “just out for a walk”, a court heard.
Officers spotted Ryan Bradley and Callum Coomber walking along Orchard Drive, Wisbech, wearing dark clothing and gloves at 4.30am, King’s Lynn magistrates were told.
Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said police were suspicious in light of recent burglaries in the area and decided to search them.
She said: “The officers asked them what they were doing and they said they were out for a walk.”
When they searched Coomber they found a bag in his jacket containing a hammer, torch and hacksaw, and an old five-inch old bayonet knife up his sleeve.
Bradley also had a three-and-a-half inch curved bladed lock knife.
Coomber (18) and Bradley (20), both of Holmes Drive, Wisbech, appeared before magistrates on Tuesday and admitted possessing a bladed article in a public place on February 13.
Andrea Clark, representing Coomber, said his decision to commit the crime may have been influenced by a period of homelessness.
She said: “For seven months he was homeless and living on the streets and during that time he was a victim of crime himself.
“Despite having had a rough start he wants a fresh start. He has expressed a great deal of remorse and understands this matter could have ended so differently in many respects.”
Bradley, who represented himself in court, told magistrates: “I don’t plan on re-offending.”
Both men were sentenced to a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement, and ordered to pay £100 costs each.
Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of both knifes.