One of the men told the court this week that he had wanted to sell the kitchen to fund his addiction.
Both men, who had criminal records, had been hired by the Interior Ministry to work in the refugee home in Korneuburg, when they spotted an opportunity to make some money.
To add insult to injury, the 28-year-old and 43-year-old employees then paid a group of refugees to help them tear apart the kitchen and load it into the back of a van, unaware the men were stealing it.
Along with the kitchen, they also took laptops and projectors from the home, thefts which in total amounted to €60,000.
“I needed money, to finance my addiction,” the younger man said when he appeared in court, although details of his addictions were not reported.
The older of the two at first tried to claim that the kitchen was “just scrap” but then pleaded guilty.
They have both been sentenced to 18 months in jail.