Motorist turns detective to find his stolen £20,000 Mercedes car
A BURGLARY victim turned detective and took mobile phone pictures of a thief who stole his £20,000 car to show police.
But when he returned an hour later he found his £20,000 Mercedes C Class car, which had a flat tyre and had been parked outside in the courtyard, was missing.
Daniel Calder, prosecuting, told Bolton Crown Court that Mr Docherty also discovered his kitchen window had been smashed, two watches and a laptop stolen from the annexe and his car keys taken.
He said: “When he phoned police to report the thefts, officers told him his car had been spotted in Lower Drake Fold, Westhoughton.
“Mr Docherty and his father went to the street and a member of the public offered to show him where the driver was and the location of the car.”
Sean Marsh was spotted in Eatock Way and Mr Docherty took photographs on his mobile phone.
He then found the car, locked up but with a damaged side, bonnet and wing mirror, in nearby Daisy Hall Drive.
Police identified 25-year-old Marsh, of Lawn Street, Wigan, from the pictures and he pleaded guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and driving with excess alcohol.
Jonathan Lally, defending, said Marsh had only been released from prison in April after serving a sentence for robbery.
He had since been badly affected after finding a close friend dead.
He added that Marsh, who was said to consume nine litres of cider a day, now recognises he has a drink problem.
Recorder Mukhtar Hussain QC sentenced Marsh to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, 18 months supervision and ordered him to take part in a thinking skills programme.
He was also banned from driving for 12 months, fined £5 and must pay a £100 victim surcharge.