AN unlicensed driver stole a car from a South Tyneside Metro station before abandoning it on a road, after causing £1,000 of damage.
Casey Bell was spotted on CCTV getting behind the wheel of the Citroen C3 at Hebburn Metro station car park.
The owner had dropped his car keys by the side of the vehicle after parking it earlier in the day.
Bell was seen on CCTV getting off a Metro train and crouching by the car before getting in the vehicle and driving away.
He drove the car through Hebburn before being spotted revving the engine loudly. He then fled the scene, leaving the vehicle blocking the road.
Bell had revved the engine so much he burnt out the clutch, causing £1,000 damage.
The 21-year-old was later arrested and admitted charges of aggravated vehicle taking, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with the licence and driving a vehicle without insurance, when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The offences all took place on Tuesday, March 11.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “On the morning of March 11, the owner had left the vehicle at the Metro station, locked and undamaged, and went off to work.
“At 5.20pm, Bell is seen getting off the Metro. He crouched next to the vehicle and then drove it away.
“The vehicle then went out of sight of the camera.
“Later, a witness reports the sound of a very loud revving of an engine. This caused £1,000-worth of damage damge to the clutch.
“Bell was seen getting out of the car, leaving it blocking the road.
“He is not a licence holder.”
The 21-year-old was later arrested by police.
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “Mr Bell accepts responsibility.
“He found the key at the side of the car and drove it through Hebburn.”
Magistrates requested a probation report be completed.
Bell, of Leven Walk, Peterlee, will be back at the court for sentencing on August 20.
He was granted unconditional bail until then.