Sunderland man broke into cars and stole women’s clothes

A thief who stole women’s clothing from cars in Sunderland while drunk and on drugs has been jailed for offences a court heard he cannot recall.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 11:53 am
The turn-off for Cotswold Road, the street where one of the offences happened

Darren Hargrave, 22, of Wynyard Street, Silksworth, is beginning six weeks behind bars for a midnight crime spree that saw him break into three motors and try to evade arrest.

He first broke into a Citroen C1 in Cotswold Road, Hylton Castle, on Wednesday May 20, taking a £12 pair of women’s trousers.

Soon after, he broke into a Ford Fusion, snatching gloves belonging to the female owner, valued at £25, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told.

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Hargrave’s car crimes were ended when he was spotted sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes that was not his and police were called.

He tried to evade justice by fleeing their grasp, only to be pursued and caught in a garden, it was said.

Prosecutor Lorna Rimell said: “The defendant has been seen sitting in a green Mercedes by a member of the public. It was a car that belonged to someone else.

“Police are called, and they find the defendant sitting in the driver’s seat.

“He struggles and makes off down the road. They find him in a garden. When they try to arrest him, he again struggles.”

Ms Rimell said the gloves and trousers had then been found in his possession.

Gerry Armstrong, defending, said: “He tells me he has no recollection. He went out for a walk and woke up in the police station.

“It would appear that the day before yesterday he took a drink and possibly took something that he shouldn’t have taken.

“Why ever he would want a pair of ladies’ trousers and ladies’ gloves, no-one knows.

“He’s a nice young man but sometimes in drink and unlawful substances, he acts irrationally and finds himself before the court.”

Hargreaves pleaded guilty to two thefts, one of interfering with a vehicle and resisting arrest.

He was jailed for six weeks for each theft, three weeks for interfering with a vehicle and one week for resisting arrest, all to run concurrently.

He must pay a £128 victim surcharge.

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