Wigan thief who stole cash from two cars escapes immediate prison sentence

A thief with an “appalling” criminal record has been spared an immediate jail sentence after admitting to stealing cash from two cars.
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Billy Wilson, 24, of no fixed address, appeared before Wigan justices to admit the theft of £20 from Ian Jones’s Land Rover Discovery on May 6 and £22 from an Audi A6 belonging to Jessica Marron on August 27.

The bench imposed a 28-day prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Wilson must complete 15 days of rehabilitation activities and pay compensation totalling £117.

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The court said he had been given a custodial sentence because of his record of offending and offences had been committed while he was on licence.

He was given a day in jail for failing to keep in touch with his appointed office and not staying at the address he was supposed to.