A TEENAGE thief who was ‘caught red-handed’ trying to steal a £1,000 boat engine from its owner’s driveway is facing a jail sentence.
Kyle Turner, 19, committed the offence just a day after he had been in court on another theft charge.
Turner was spotted by police on the boat at 5.30am on Wednesday, August 21, but insisted he was carrying out work on the vessel for a friend.
When officers knocked on the owner’s door, he told them he didn’t know who Turner was.
When he was arrested, Turner, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, admitted that he was trying to steal the engine.
He was remanded in custody until his next court date and warned he could face jail. He had appeared in court a day earlier charged with stealing a crate of Fosters’ lager from Sainsbury’s.
That case had been adjourned until September 10 to link up with a similar matter.
Turner pleaded guilty to the attempted theft of the Yamaha engine when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “He was granted bail on the Tuesday and then at 5.30am on Wednesday he was caught red-handed in the boat. He initially said he was working on the boat for a friend.
“But the owner said he had never seen him before. The ignition and battery leads had been cut and he had two spanners at hand.
“When at the police station he admitted he had been trying to steal the engine.”
The court heard that Turner has 16 previous convictions.
District Judge Davinder Lachhar said: “I am remanding you in custody until September 5 for a pre-sentence report to be completed.
“I have custody in mind. You will be remanded in custody because I fear you will commit further offences while on bail.”