Burglars who stole cars for fun jailed for six years

Lee Sills

Lee Sills

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Two burglars were jailed for taking posh cars for fun and leaving victims’ families unsettled in their homes.

In one case, a stolen BMW’s tracking device showed burglar Lee Sills getting out of the vehicle near his Ilkeston home, a court heard.

Tyla Reynolds

Tyla Reynolds

Another car was taken in Hucknall before a raid on a house on West End Drive, Ilkeston on September 16.

A Mercedes and Citroen were taken before being spotted around the town later that night.

Sills, 27, was driving one with Tyla Reynolds, 21, at the wheel of the other, said Avik Mukherjee, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court.

A four-year prison term was imposed on Sills of Stamford Street, Ilkeston, who admitted five burglaries. Two years jail was ordered for Reynolds of Wood Street, Ilkeston who pleaded guilty to one burglary and had five other offences taken into consideration.

Judge Michael Fowler told the pair: “You do it because you need a bit of money to buy drugs and get a thrill out of taking and driving cars which otherwise you would not have access to.

“The penalty is by having gone into houses, people feel violated by you. You deserve some credit by your pleas but it cannot wash away the seriousness of these matters.”

The court heard that one burglary took place in Spondon at 1.30am while a couple and their two children were asleep. The householder was woken but his car was still on the drive and he returned to bed. When he got up at 5.30am, it was missing.

At Hucknall, the burglary was carried out at a house shared by a woman and her child. The burglar alarm went off at 4am and the car was taken later.

In the Ilkeston raid, a family was disrupted when intruders got in and found the keys to the two cars. Mr Mukherjee added: “There was a significant degree of planning and organisation.”

Clive Stockwell, for Sills, said: “At the time he was homeless, had no money and also had an addiction to cocaine.

“I appreciate it sounds a little hollow but he is aware of his offending and apologises to those affected.” While awaiting sentence, Sills had been working as a cleaner, added Mr Stockwell.

Nicola Hornby, for Reynolds, said he had never been in trouble before and had obeyed a curfew since being freed on bail on November 4. At the time of the offences, he had left home.

“When he was released, he went back to his parents’ address and his father says he has noticed a significant change in his behaviour. He is a very different young man,” added Miss Hornby.