A man who picked up a prized car, drove it on the wrong side of a busy road, and left it set on fire in a parking lot was spared jail.
Anthony Scott, 46, was caught on a dashcam driving a Honda Civic going against rush-hour traffic with two wheels on the median.
Scott passed shocked drivers in slow traffic with screeching wheels on Tavistock Road, Plymouth Crown Court has said.
He and his 39-year-old passenger Ben Stacey used the 1983 Civic as a getaway vehicle after they robbed a hangar in Horrabridge near Tavistock.
The couple then dumped the sedan in a parking lot at West Park after catching fire.
The wreckage of the vehicle has been estimated at £ 3,900 while the cost of replacing tools taken in the break-in has been set at £ 500.
Judge Anna Richardson said: “Regarding the car, I note that the car has particular sentimental value as owner Nathan Monk says he worked on it with his father and grandfather.”
But Scott is on benefits and has no money to pay compensation.
The couple pleaded guilty to a series of offenses and their sentences were delayed for three months in October. to see if they could get out of trouble and work on probation.
Justice Richardson issued Scott with a community order after complying with these conditions.
He was placed under probationary supervision and banned from associating with serial thief Stacey for the duration of the 18-month order.
Stacey himself did not show up in court after saying he tested positive for Covid.
Mr Monk, then 25, told PlymouthLive last year that he named the car “Cindy”.
He called the two accused “scum of the earth” after what happened to his beloved car.
Scott, from Montacute Avenue, Honicknowle, admitted aggravated the vehicle seizure on June 29 of this year.
The pair pleaded guilty to stealing tools from a shed on Tavistock Road in Horrabridge that night.
Stacey, who is now staying at a youth hostel on bail in Bournemouth, also admitted to stealing a cart of items worth £ 315 from a Plymstock Morrisons branch on June 21.
The court heard in September that the Civic was taken from Montpellier Road, near Mr Monk’s home in Beacon Park, on the night of June 28-29 last year.
Scott and Stacey were caught on CCTV with the car on secluded Horrabridge property.
The court heard that they had stolen tools, including a drill, a socket set and a satellite navigation system.
Police spotted the Civic being driven back to Plymouth near George Junction on Tavistock Road around 8 a.m. on June 29. Officers noticed that the engine was running strongly at the traffic lights and that the car was emitting smoke.
Driver Scott stopped but sped towards the Derriford roundabout when police attempted to stop him.
The Civic was caught on footage of the dashcam driving the wrong way on Tavistock Road half on the median against loaded oncoming traffic.
It was found on fire in a Crownhill Road parking lot in West Park around 8:15 a.m.
A witness described how the car appeared to be on fire when the two men arrived and fled.
Ali Rafati, for Scott, said he had worked hard with the probation service since the sentence was postponed.
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