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Adam Knights left ID in stolen crash car following Clifton burglary
A SNEAK-IN burglar was caught when he returned to the spot where he and his accomplice crashed a stolen car, York Crown Court heard.
Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, said burglars got into the Water Lane house on June 3 through an unlocked internal door connecting it to its garage. They took the keys to a hired Astra.
Shortly afterwards, the Astra crashed into a parked car and Adam Stephen Knights and another man got out and fled. But Knights returned to the crash scene after police, summoned by a resident, arrived.
Knights lied to police that he was not involved in either the evening burglary in Water Lane, Clifton, or the crash and was released on bail, said Mrs Wheatley. But he had left his ID details in the car and a wedding ring taken in the raid, and the ring’s owner tracked him down to his home.
Knights, 18, of The Reeves, Acomb, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for ten months.
In a letter to the judge, he said he had been drinking and taking drugs too much for four to five months and this was the cause of his offending. “I really need to stop all this,” he said. “With my experience of life in prison, I have realised this is not the life for me.”
He had spent five weeks in custody since magistrates jailed him for criminal damage, assault and failure to surrender in August 27.
The burglars also took a mountain bike worth £350, a Blackberry phone, wallet and cards, none of which has been recovered.
For Knights, Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks said her client had endured a difficult childhood and had been homeless since he was 15. He had lived with his grandmother for a time until she got ill and their relationship had broken down. Under the influence of drugs and alcohol, he had been unable to resist peer pressure to get into trouble.