Prolific thief used 'adapted vans' to steal more than £4,200 worth of petrol

Lawrence stole more than £4.2k worth of fuel
-Credit: (Image: Lancashire Police)


A prolific thief used 'adapted vans' to steal more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations across the North West.

Jonathon Lawrence filled up with petrol and diesel using a number of different vehicles at forecourts and left without paying, Lancashire Police said. The 24-year-old targeted petrol stations in Lancashire, Cheshire, West Yorkshire and North Wales.

Lawrence would often use vans that had been 'specially adapted for theft'. They were fitted with fuel tanks and containers in the back, police added.

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A probe was launched after officers identified fuel thefts in Preston, Blackpool and Nelson in October, November and December last year. Lawrence was arrested this January and subsequently charged.

He pleaded guilty to making off without payment, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. On Tuesday (May 21), Lawrence, of Feltwood Walk, Liverpool, was jailed for 28 months at Preston Crown Court.

Lawrence has now been jailed and banned from driving
Lawrence has now been jailed and banned from driving -Credit:Lancashire Police

He was also banned from driving for 36 months. PC Sasha Smith-Hooke, of Preston Police, said: "Lawrence was prolific in making off from forecourts without paying for fuel in a number of locations.

"These offences involved several thousand pounds of petrol and diesel, with Lawrence deliberately targeting petrol stations and on occasions using specially adapted vehicles. I hope that the prison sentence given to Lawrence sends out a message that offences of this nature will not be tolerated."

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