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Teen car thief thug jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:46 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

A VIOLENT car thief was jailed after a spate of thefts and assaults. John Schock, 18, of Crowhurst Way, St Mary Cray was sentenced to 270

A VIOLENT car thief was jailed after a spate of thefts and assaults.

John Schock, 18, of Crowhurst Way, St Mary Cray was sentenced to 270 days at a young offenders' institution after appearing at Bromley Magistrates Court last Wednesday.

On June 6, police were called to St Mary Cray after a number of vehicles were broken into in the early hours.

At 4am, police spotted a man running from a car with its alarm going off in Bridge Road and chased him through a number of gardens.

A police helicopter and dog handlers were called who found Schock hiding in a shed in a back garden, with a SatNav in a plastic bag.

He was arrested on suspicion of theft from a vehicle and for failing to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on April 15, where he was facing another charge for the same offence.

Last Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to theft for which he was sentenced to four months in a young offenders' institution.

He will also serve a 60-day sentence for battery, which had been suspended for two years when sentenced by North Avon Youth Court on February 12, this year.

In addition he was given a 210-day sentence for aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, two cases of actual bodily harm, assaulting a police officer and taking a motor vehicle without consent. These offences had also been suspended for two years when sentenced by West Kent Youth Court on February 1, this year.

The two previously suspended sentences are to be served consecutively, the four month sentence concurrently, therefore totalling 270 days in jail.

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