A car thief has been jailed after arriving at his court hearing in a stolen car.
Richard Lauraitis, of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, was due to appear before Yeovil Magistrates’ Court after being found at the wheel of a stolen Ford Focus.
However, rather than catch the bus to the courts, the dim-witted criminal decided to turn up in a Vauxhall Corsa he had stolen from a dealership forecourt just the night before.
“To turn up for a magistrates’ court with a car you had stolen is crass and stupid and you were bound to be caught.” – magistrate David Ticehurst
Suspecting Lauraitis, police knew of his court engagement and simply met him outside.
“To turn up for a magistrates’ court with a car you had stolen is crass and stupid and you were bound to be caught,” magistrate David Ticehurst told him.
Lauraitis had previously been arrested after being stopped at a service station in a stolen car, which he claimed he owned legally.
The court heard how the 28-year-old had a string of previous motoring offences, including aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance.
His involvement in drugs had led to Lauraitis – a qualified forklift truck driver – going off the rails in what Mr Ticehurst described as a “fairly spectacular fashion”.
“Unless you deal with that, I have no doubt you will continue to be sent to court and to be sent to prison for longer and longer periods – you are not bright enough to get away with it,” he continued.
Lauraitis was handed a 15-month jail sentence for burglary, unlawful vehicle taking, car theft and driving while disqualified.
“If you carry on, you will spend most of your life behind bars. If you deal with the drug problem and work hard you may not appear in court again,” Mr Ticehurst concluded.