Thief jailed after being caught by police driving a stolen car

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A man spotted by police driving a car which had been stolen during a house burglary has been jailed for ten months.

Leeds Crown Court heard the car - a Dacia Sandero worth £8,000 - was stolen after keys were taken during a burglary at a house in Hollingthorpe Avenue, Wakefield, in late August.

Police spotted Stephen Gill, 32, driving the stolen car on Bevan Avenue, Normanton, at 2.30pm on September 3 this 
year.

Gill, of Warwick Street, Agbrigg, Wakefield, admitted offences of handling stolen goods, driving while 
disqualified and driving with no insurance.

Prosecutor John Bull said the Dacia Sandero was stolen after the keys were taken during 
a burglary overnight on August 22.

Leeds Crown Court heard Gill has 22 previous convictions for offences including aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods, burglary, theft, robbery and arson.

Mitigating Michael Smith told the court that Gill has been attempting to deal 
with drug problems and has been on a detoxification programme.

Mr Smith added that no damage was caused to the stolen 
car.

Jailing Gill for ten months and banning him from driving for two years, Judge Peter Benson told him: “You have a truly dreadful record.”

He added: “It seems to me your are someone who, over the years, has repeatedly taken other people’s motor vehicles and you have repeatedly driven whilst disqualified.”

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