Two-year jail term for thief

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A YOUNG man who stole a Motability car from outside a Wigan house after using the ‘hook and cane’ method to get the keys has been jailed for two years.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the owner, who needed the vehicle to get around, was distressed when she and her daughter awoke to find it missing.

CCTV footage showed Karl Dwyer acting as look out as an accomplice stole the keys from inside the porch of the property in Bolton Road, Ashton.

Shortly after the theft the Nissan Qashqai was spotted by police going through a red traffic light on the East Lancashire Road, but after a 100 mph chase the pursuing officers lost sight of it.

It was found abandoned three days later on June 16 outside a house in Burnside, Parbold, which had also been burgled by Dwyer and two other men.

Mr Harry Pepper, prosecuting, said they broke into the house and stole the keys for the owners’ Ford Mondeo and Seat Leon and sped off.

They had also taken a purse from a handbag and the credit cards inside had to be cancelled, he said.

The Seat was later found abandoned outside Fazakerley railway station in Liverpool and Dwyer and another man got into a taxi.

Dwyer, 21, was arrested on June 23 and in his bedroom where two bags of cannabis weighing a total of 29 grams was found.

Dwyer, who the court heard has previous convictions, of Parbrook Road, Knowsley, pleaded guilty to two burglaries, two thefts and possessing cannabis.

Ms Sarah Phelan, defending, said he had an unenviable record but this would be his first lengthy custodial sentence. She added: “He is an immature young man who has reached a crossroad in his life.”

Judge Mark Brown said, “It is clear that these burglaries were premeditated. You were involved with others and the purpose was to steal valuable vehicles.”