A SERIAL thief who drove off with a dozen cars - worth more than £200,000 - has been jailed for four years at Coventry Crown Court.
Scott Bailey, 24, of Erdington, had stolen 12 vehicles from local driveways, mostly in Monkspath, but also Shirley and central Solihull. In one particularly bold burglary, at Abberton Grove, he forced open a downstairs window and helped himself to keys for two Minis and a Mercedes.
But his luck ran out following the triple theft in the early hours of February 17, after one of the Minis was spotted in Yardley - where Bailey’s partner-in-crime Jake Wall lived.
Following a pursuit, the pair were arrested in Berkeley Road.
Bailey admitted burglary charges and asked for 10 other offences to be taken into account.
Dave Bailey, from Solihull CID, said: “It was a great piece of intuitive policing by officers who became suspicious on seeing the Mini and tried to pull it over.”
Other roads targeted over a three week period include Widney Lane, Willow Road, Charterhouse Drive, Chelthorn Way, Four Stones Close and Trustin Crescent
Wall, 18, admitted the Abberton Grove offence and received a 12 month suspended prison sentence.
He was also tagged, given a curfew, ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay £500 costs.