Burglar stole keys off windowsill to take car

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An intruder who stole a family’s car after taking car keys in a night time burglary in their home has been jailed for 16 months.

Connor Holland, 19, made no reaction as Judge Recorder John Corless told him: “I have no doubt this has meant the occupiers of that house are insecure and feel vulnerable. In addition the victim has suffered some loss.”

The judge also made a deprivation order seizing Holland’s own car - a Vauxhall Corsa - from him.

Prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, Lisa Worsley described how, at 7.30pm on Monday, November 10, victim Richard Hutton arrived home at Leafy Close, Leyland in his silver BMW 1.

The architect parked on his driveway and left his car locked. He left his keys wallet and mobile phone on a window sill in the kitchen and went to bed at 10pm.

She said: “At 4.45am the following morning his wife woke him up saying the vehicle was missing. He thought his son may have taken it. He discovered his keys, wallet and phone were missing. The vehicle was valued at £10,000.”

The court heard CCTV footage from a neighbouring house was recovered by police and showed a dark coloured Corsa arriving. At 12.46am, the same vehicle was driven off the close, by an unknown accomplice, and the victims vehicle immediately behind it. Information was received that Holland’s car was in convoy with the stolen vehicle travelling towards Greater Manchester.

Police attended at Holland’s home in Gorse Drive, Little Hulton, and a mobile phone was found hidden in wardrobe, with the BMW car key in a dressing gown in the bedroom. He later admitted burglary and theft.