Motorist jailed for faking the theft of his car

A man who tried to con police that his car had been stolen after it was involved in a crash has been sent to prison.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:34 pm

A judge heard that Jordan Stallard also tried unsuccessfully to get a friend to provide a fake alibi.

But his scam unravelled when officers probing the supposed theft found CCTV footage of the 25-year-old owner abandoning his already damaged Volkswagen Beetle.

Having pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing, Stallard, of Eastwood Grove, Leigh, was sentenced by a Bolton Crown Court judge to seven months’ imprisonment.

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The hearing was told that on February 22 last year his VW was involved in a collision with another vehicle. Instead of reporting the crash, Stallard abandoned the car later that same day and then on February 23 reported it had been stolen.

However, once his car had been found in Westwell Street in Leigh, investigating officers studied CCTV footage for clues and found none other than Stallard himself parking it up and then walking hurriedly away. It also later emerged that the defendant had approached a friend to give him a false alibi for the time of the crash and abandoning of the vehicle, but the friend refused.

As well as his custodial term, Stallard was ordered by the judge to pay a victim services surcharge of £149.

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