Commonwealth Games medalist Aaron Heading.
Isaiah Waters, 19, of Kitchener Street, admitted stealing a clay trap belonging to Long Sutton Commonwealth Games medallist Aaron Heading along with a tool box from the Priory Clay Target Centre in Sutton Bridge overnight on October 22.
Adam Forder, of Ruddy Duck Lane, South End, Lynn, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods during the hearing at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Jim Claire told the court that the clay pigeon trap had been advertised for sale on a social network and enquiries were made.
Waters was arrested on October 26, and although he initially denied his involvement in interview he later admitted to carrying out the burglary.
The Automatic Number Plate Registration system later identified a blue Corsa seen near the incident as belonging to Forder.
He was arrested on October 30.
A report by the probation service said Waters ‘showed remorse over his actions’ and said he was aware he ‘failed to consider the consequences’.
It also said Forder had previously been convicted for a similar offence and that he was currently laid off work as a roofer with a hernia but hoped an upcoming operation would sort that.
In mitigation, Mike Alexander said Forder had agreed to take part due to his current circumstances so he ‘could provide for his family for Christmas’.
Mr Alexander added that both items had been recovered.
He said: “Mr Forder and Mr Waters are friends, they went out in the car for a drive, stopped for a cigarette in the locality of this building and saw it was open.
“They don’t know why they did it.”
Mr Alexander later added: “These two are not very clever and went on to demonstrate how unclever they are by what they did - the stolen property was put on sale almost immediately’.
Magistrates sentenced Waters a two month community order including 120 hours’ unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £40 costs.
Forder was also given a 12 month community order, including a 15 day thinking skills rehabilitation order, plus a £50 fine, £60 victim surcharge, and £40 costs.
International shooter Mr Heading opened up the shooting range on the former RAF Sutton Bridge site last year.
The Priory centre has already named as a national hub club for para-target shooters by the sport’s governing body, British Shooting.
The centre has three down-the-line (DTL) and three skeet ranges, two automatic ball trap ranges, a grouse butt range and a 140-feet sporting tower.