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Teen burglar who wrote off stolen car is spared jail
A TEENAGER who burgled a woman's house and stole her car – before crashing it and writing it off – volunteered his guilt to police, telling them he wanted to go to prison.
James Coomber was being quizzed by officers about a separate matter, when he began explaining his role in the burglary on September 3 this year in Redcar.
The 19-year-old got in the house in Blakey Close, Redcar, through an open window and stole the keys to a silver Vauxhall Astra.
He only got a matter of yards, however, crashing the vehicle into two parked cars and writing it off to the value of a thousand pounds.
Coomber, of Troutbeck Road, Redcar, said he had been “wrecked” when he broke into the house as the female occupant slept and described himself as an eight or nine on a scale of drunkenness.
He admitted burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, a valid licence and without due care and attention.
Graham Brown, mitigating at Teesside Crown Court, said he had spoke with candour to the police and had now spent five weeks on remand in custody.
He said: “At the time he was in real terms homeless, but his father has now said he is willing to take him back with conditions.”
Judge Les Spittle gave Coomber maximum credit for his confession and said he was prepared to give him a chance by suspending a 16 month jail sentence for two years on him.
The judge said he would do 150 hours unpaid work in the community and also be made subject to a three month long electronically tagged curfew which would keep him at home between 8pm and 8am.
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