A THIEF who stole hundreds of pounds worth of petrol from a string of Solihull forecourts before fleeing from police to downtown New York has been jailed for two years.
Javid Hussain, from Bordesley Green, was originally arrested in May last year at a petrol station in Lichfield Road, Warwickshire, shortly after filling up his silver BMW and driving off.
A police search revealed his number plate were stolen and a second stolen plate was found in his boot.
Detectives were investigating the 23-year-old for 19 petrol thefts totalling more than £1,200, taking place between March 27 and May 28 2011, when Hussain skipped bail and fled to New York.
But when he attempted to return on February 1 this year, officers were waiting to arrest him as he stepped off the plane at Heathrow.
Hussain pleaded guilty to driving off without paying for petrol, amounting to almost £350, at stations including Warwick Road, Olton, Stratford Road, Shirley, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Hobs Moat Road, Solihull, and Chester Road, Chelmsley Wood. He also admitted two counts of handling stolen number plates and breaching police bail.
He was jailed by Warwick Crown Court last month.
Investigating officer, PC Lee James, said: “Hussain was flagged as wanted on national police systems so when he boarded a plane in New York it alerted officials. The second he stepped onto the tarmac he was arrested.
“The fact that Hussain has been sent to prison should act as a warning to anyone who thinks fuel theft isn’t deemed serious by the courts.”