A man has been jailed for a string of thefts – including handling a stolen car found with police property inside it.
Michael Williams was sent to custody by Kirklees magistrates for a string of offences ranging from stealing a vehicle to taking goods from shops in Huddersfield town centre.
He was already in a secure dock when he heard his fate yesterday after failing to show up for previous court dates and trials.
James Weekes, prosecuting, said that on February 14 Williams was found with a Skoda Octavia stolen days earlier from an address in Fartown.
Owner Faisal Nazir had gone to collect his children from his home in Woodbine Road, leaving the keys in the ignition as he was waiting for his car to defrost.
When he returned minutes later he saw the vehicle being driven away. At the same time his neighbour noticed that both of her car’s number plates had been removed.
On Valentine’s Day staff at Tesco in Bradford Road, Brighouse, contacted police about two men acting suspiciously around various cars.
Police found Williams, 32, and the other man nearby. Mr Weekes said: “They found the stolen car with the stolen number plates on it and both were arrested.”
The prosecutor said that Williams denied that he had anything to do with the car’s theft, but then produced keys fitting the Skoda from his pocket.
Mr Weekes said: “Inside the officers found items including bandanas, torches and mobiles.
“One of the torches belonged to West Yorkshire Police and had the logo on it.”
On May 18 firearms officers on duty in Bradford found Williams with another car stolen from outside a takeaway.
He claimed that he had been sold the Nissan Micra for £95 but knew that it was stolen and had no licence or insurance to drive it.
On July 27 Williams failed to pay a taxi driver for a return fare between his home in School Crescent in Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
The driver spent two hours driving Williams and some friends around the area and making various stops before he left the cab without paying the £60 fare.
Williams stole three bottles of Jack Daniels whisky and a bottle of Southern Comfort from the New Street branch of Marks & Spencer.
He also swiped foundation from Boots in the town centre on July 31 and claimed that he had only borrowed the makeup.
Magistrates heard that Williams had 40 offences on his record, half of which were for theft.
Ian Whiteley, mitigating, said that his client had spent much of his life in prison and asked magistrates to impose a community-based penalty.
He said: “Mr Williams can do a sentence of imprisonment but that in the past hasn’t deterred him.
“I ask that the court gives this young man a chance and if he doesn’t take that chance he will end up in custody inevitably.”
Magistrates sentenced Williams to a total of 10 months in prison.