Teenager who stole car in Letchworth before being arrested in Royston given suspended jail sentence

PUBLISHED: 10:36 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 19 April 2018

Joshua Smith has been given a suspended sentence for three counts of burglary.

Joshua Smith has been given a suspended sentence for three counts of burglary.

Archant

A teenager who stole a car in Letchworth before being arrested in Royston less than 24 hours later has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Joshua Smith, of no fixed address, went into a portacabin owned by Vincent Van Hire on Saturday and stole car keys for a silver Mercedes Coupe 350 and a Skoda before making off in the Mercedes.

The 19-year-old was tracked down by officers in Royston’s Burns Road the following day, and pre-emptive tactics were used by police to avoid a chase.

Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Chairman of the bench AJM Boyd imposed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, banned Smith from driving for six months, and ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work within the next 12 months. He must also pay £300 compensation – which he is to pay at a rate of £5 per week.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

06:56

With the festive season approaching, Melbourn Amateur Dramatics Society are busy putting the final touches in their annual Christmas pantomime.

Yesterday, 16:55

Garden House Hospice Care held its first Strictly Come Dancing-inspired fundraiser in Letchworth on Saturday, and it was 10s all round on the night.

Yesterday, 12:15

A singing Royston accountant is set to release his debut single – with town businesses and organisations featuring in the charity video.

Yesterday, 11:51

The family of Royston dad-of-three Mitchell Bailey, who died when a fire engine crashed while responding to a 999 call have said their “happy and contented family has been left broken” and they feel the driver “showed no compassion”, after a jury found him not guilty of dangerous driving on Friday last week.

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Royston Crow weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy