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Melksham car thief handed suspended jail sentence
5:10pm Monday 10th December 2012 in Melksham
A car thief who was involved in two weekend crime sprees has been given a chance to break his drug addiction.
Daniel Stacey, who has a long history of taking vehicles, was involved in pinching two cars from a rural village.
The 23-year-old also stole thousands of pounds worth of batteries from a reclamation yard in Devizes a year ago, a judge at Swindon crown court was told.
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, said a Land Rover Freelander was taken from outside a house in Kingston Deverill, later found abandoned close to where Stacey was living.
Over the same weekend batteries worth more than £2,000 were taken from Devizes Reclamation, and the following weekend an Isuzu Trooper, only fit for farm work, was taken from Kingston Deverill and later found later on a Westbury housing estate.
Stacey, of Bank Street, Melksham, pleaded guilty to theft and two counts of taking a car without consent.
Marcus Davey, defending, asked the court to go along with the community order which was recommended in the pre-sentence report.
Judge Douglas Field imposed a nine-month jail term, suspended for a year, with a drug rehabilitation requirement. He said: "You now have a stable address, a stable relationship and you have been doing well with the intensive support of the probation services, so I am going to encourage this good progress by giving you a suspended prison sentence."
Steven Barham, of Sheridan Gardens, Trowbridge, had been charged with conspiracy to steal but the case against him was dropped.
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