Teesside Crown and County Court. Owen Humphreys_PA Archive_PA ImagesTeesside Crown and County Court. Owen Humphreys_PA Archive_PA Images


Used car showroom worker fired for petty thefts is jailed for stealing cars from dealership years later

  • Lee Scott was sacked from Budget Car Centre in Stockton over petty thefts
  • He went back years later and stole four cars overnight, helped by another man
  • They were caught on CCTV, with a footprint also placing Scott there

Time 7:48 am, July 9, 2024

A used car dealership worker fired for petty thefts stole four vehicles from the showroom years later.

Lee Scott took the keys to the cars – worth nearly £20,000 – after breaking into Budget Car Centre in Stockton one evening in October 2022.

He then drove them away one by one during the night, helped by another man.

The 38-year-old, of Bolton Court, Middlesbrough, admitted burglary and theft when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court, which was told he’d been fired for petty theft a number of years beforehand, BBC News reported yesterday.

Prosecuting, Chris Baker said Scott – who had a long record of earlier convictions – broke in via an office window on October 4 and stole the first car about 11pm.

CCTV caught him and another man taking the four cars one at a time, going back by taxi for the next one.

Scott’s footprints were also found there.

Damage valued at some £1,100 was caused to the showroom and although all the vehicles were subsequently recovered, one of them was found to have been involved in a crash, said Baker.

He added that Scott was ‘sacked some years ago because of some petty thefts’.

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Jailing Scott for nine months, Judge Nathan Adams said the thefts were ‘not overly sophisticated’.

It is unknown if any proceedings were brought against Scott’s accomplice.

Main picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images

This story was originally published at 7.48am on July 9 and updated at 8.29am on July 10 with Lee Scott’s address, via the Darlington & Stockton Times

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