Teenager who broke into a home in Pakefield and stole the owner’s Jaguar car is locked up
PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 September 2013
A teenager who broke into a bungalow in Pakefield while the owners were asleep and then drove off in their Jaguar car after stealing the keys has been locked up for 28 months.
Corey Roberts, 18, was arrested in a car park two miles away after the vehicle hit a bollard, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Roberts, of London Road North, Lowestoft, admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking and in addition to being sentenced to 28 months detention in a young offenders’ institution he was banned from driving for 12 months.
Robert Sadd, prosecuting, last Friday told the court that the owners of a detached bungalow in Willow Road, Pakefield were asleep in bed on August 23 when Roberts and another man had entered the premises after reaching through an insecure fanlight window and opening a large window.
Items including 200 Euros and a set of car keys were taken and Roberts and his accomplice had loaded the stolen goods into a holdall before driving off in a Jaguar parked at the premises.
Mr Sadd told the court that Roberts had committed a house burglary in September 2010 and had committed two further house burglaries in November 2011.
Steven Dyble, for Roberts, said the burglary in 2010 had been committed when his client was only 16 and the offence before the court was his fourth burglary.
Speaking after the case this week, Det Insp Darrell Skuse, of Waveney CID, said; “A resident at the property was awoken by the sound of car engine and got out of bed to see lights from the vehicle that was being driven off up the road. He then discovered cupboards had been opened and his wallet had been gone through and realised his family had been burgled and that their Jaguar had been taken from outside the address.
“Seven minutes after the initial call to police, CCTV operators picked up the Jaguar parking on the Clapham Road car park and two men were seen to get out and carry away bags from the vehicle. Police arrived and the pair fled but they were detained by officers a short time later, and a number of items of property were recovered.
“This was a real team effort – by response officers, CCTV and detectives – to respond quickly and gather the elements together to allow sufficient evidence to be gathered to secure Roberts guilty plea,” Det Insp Skuse said.
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