A man appeared in court in the north on Tuesday, accused of having stolen copper coils from a water tank on the roof of his own father’s house.

The man was living in the house, which is located in northern Nicosia’s Ortakoy suburb, at the time, and reportedly initially stole the coils alongside an accomplice on March 15. Following a police investigation, he was identified and arrested on Sunday.

The coils were apparently worth 5,000TL (€144), but in court, policewoman Ipek Uzum said the man had admitted to subsequently selling them for 400TL (€11.50).

The man and his accomplice were released on bails worth 10,000TL (€288), ordered to sign a bond worth 200,000TL (€5,751), and ordered to present themselves to a police station once a week.