Ex-employee returned to Stockton dealership and stole four cars

Budget car Centre
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A former employee broke into a car dealership and stole four vehicles off the forecourt overnight.

Alongside two other men, Lee Scott, 38, spent an entire night driving each car away, before catching a taxi back to Budget Car Centre in Stockton to take the next one. Teesside Crown Court has heard that Scott broke into the office and stole the car keys at 11pm on October 4, 2022.

CCTV footage from a neighbouring business showed Scott driving the fourth car away from Portrack Grange Road, at 7.30 the next morning. On Monday Chris Baker, prosecuting, told the court that all four cars were recovered, but one was damaged.

The value of the cars and damage to the office, totalled £20,000. Scott also stole a jump start pack.

"The owner of Budget Car Centre, Robert Retallick, had sacked Scott years over petty theft" Mr Baker said. "There were at least two other males carrying out this offending. Scott's footprints were found in the office."

Scott, of Barmouth Road in Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft. The court heard that Scott's mother had died shortly before these offences, and he said it had "sent him off the rails" and had resorted to "heavy drug misuse."

He now has a job as an assistant recovery worker for a breakdown service. Judge Nathan Adams told Scott that the theft had not been "overly sophisticated" and jailed him for nine-months.

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