A BUNGLING thief who stole a satellite navigation system from a car must have quickly regretted his choice of target…an unmarked police vehicle. Adam Doyle, 19, had broken into the car while it was parked in Ashton Gardens, Huntingdon, overnight on Februa
A BUNGLING thief who stole a satellite navigation system from a car must have quickly regretted his choice of target...an unmarked police vehicle.
Adam Doyle, 19, had broken into the car while it was parked in Ashton Gardens, Huntingdon, overnight on February 2.
The theft was discovered in the morning and shortly afterwards police officers raided Doyle's home, also in Ashton Gardens, where they found the missing kit in an airing cupboard.
In interview, motor mechanic Doyle initially said he could not remember if he had carried out the theft as he was too drunk.
However, at Huntingdon Magistrates Court on Thursday he admitted theft and was handed 80 hours of community service
Doyle also asked for five similar matters to be taken into consideration.
Prosecutor Laura Mardell told the court police had found the stolen satellite navigation system, worth £150, in Doyle's house and broken glass in his pockets.
Elaine Havord, defending, said pressing financial problems had led Doyle to commit the theft and he was more disposed to steal when in the company of others.
She added that there was a strong chance he would soon be back in employment.
Magistrates handed Doyle 80 hours of community service as well as ordering him to pay £100 compensation to the police and £30 prosecution costs.