A YOUNG criminal has been jailed after he stole a car the same day he was given another chance by the courts.
Richard Gray, 23, was given a community order by Hartlepool magistrates on March 7 for handling stolen goods.
But later that day he stole a Vauxhall Corsa from outside its owner’s home in Turnbull Street, Hartlepool.
Police spotted it two hours later and after a short chase arrested Gray, who has 32 convictions on his record covering 68 offences.
He was given a six-month prison term when sentenced at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.
Gray, of Breward Walk, Hartlepool, admitted taking a motor vehicle without consent.
Robin Denny, mitigating, said a letter by Gray to the court showed he was aware of his bad record and wanted to do something about it.
Judge George Moorhouse said: “The aggravating feature is you were made the subject of a community order on that day. It shows you have scant regard for court orders.”