Teenage burglar ruined Leeds biker’s dream

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A Teenage burglar ruined a motor racing enthusiast’s dream of taking part in the Isle of Man TT races after he stole his £3,000 motorbike days before the event.

Jake Wilson, 18, forced his way into the garage of a property in the Beeston area of Leeds and stole the rare Suzuki machine which has never been recovered.

Leeds Crown Court heard the owner had planned a ‘trip of a lifetime’ to the event but had to cancel his trip.

Wilson was caught after his fingerprints were found in the garage. Wilson, of Millshaw Mount, Beeston, also admitted to a series of other burglary and theft offences. The court heard Wilson also stole around £2,000 worth of fishing tackle and other property from the garage during the break-in on May 24 this year. The court heard the victim had been left devastated by the offence. Wilson was also responsible for a burglary at Leeds Car Company, on Dewsbury Road, Beeston, on May 5. Wilson, of Millshaw Mount, Beeston, and another man were caught on camera entering the premises before stealing a car. The teenager pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and theft of a vehicle. He asked the court to take a further offence of theft and two of making off without payment into consideration.

Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said Wilson had previously served custodial sentences and urged Recorder Mark McKone to consider imposing a community-based sentence so his offending behaviour can be address. Wilson was given a 20-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years. He was made the subject of a six-month curfew order and told to do 200 hours unpaid work. Recorder McKone said: “He has lost his motorcycle which was his pride and joy and could not go on his trip of a lifetime.”