Serial burglar sent to jail for stealing vehicle

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A burglar branded by a judge a ‘serial taker of other people’s cars’ has been jailed for three years after admitting breaking into a house and stealing a family’s BMW – which later rammed into a police car.

Mark Corbett, aged 30, of Probert Avenue, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, burgled a home in Ambleside Crescent, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, during the early hours of October 30, stealing the keys and the £5,000 car.

As he fled with an accomplice at the wheel, the stolen vehicle rammed a police patrol car driven by PC Paul Greaves.

Corbett pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated taking without authority, and asked for a further eight offences to be taken into consideration – five attempted house burglaries and three thefts from vehicles, all in Sprotbrough on the same night.

Judge Robert Moore told him: “Barely a week goes by without news of a house burglary with people targeted for their cars. There will always be substantial custody because they are so serious.

“You are a serial taker of other people’s cars.”