Burglar stole lorry to get home after missing train

A burglar rammed his way out of a company's base in one of its lorries - because he missed his train home. But unqualified driver Darryl McIntyre was quickly arrested after getting lost, ditching the HGV on a pub car park and trying to make a run for it. The 33-year-old raided a metal stamping company in Queens Road, Aston, in the early hours of March 23 this year, even using a forklift truck to clear his escape route.

But a director of the firm was alerted to an alarm going off at 4.15am and arrived to find gates damaged, a gate house window smashed and an office ransacked, along with other damage. Police on patrol chased the stolen Mercedes lorry after spotting it being driven by McIntyre on Birmingham Road, the city's crown court heard. He drove into a pub car park and tried to make a run for it but was chased and arrested after he jumped a fence and tried to hide in a garden.

: Professional boxer knocked Aston Villa fan out during violence before match McIntyre, of no fixed address, had previously admitted burglary and theft and driving without a licence. He was jailed for 20 months and banned from the roads for 19 months.

Patrick Sullivan, prosecuting, said: "In interview he made full admissions. "He explained he had burgled the company and his motivation was to get transport to get home to Tamworth. He rammed his way out and drove the vehicle for about 90 minutes and got lost before he was stopped.

Darryl McIntyre, aged 30, of Comberford Road, Tamworth.

"He conceded he had no driving licence and had never had one." Mr Sullivan said the damage to the premises was likely to run into thousands of pounds and the theft of the lorry, which was also damaged, had a significant impact on the business because it was the company's main way of collecting and delivering goods.

Passing sentence Recorder Charles Thomas told McIntyre: "There does not appear to have been any extensive planning. No vehicle was used to arrive at the premises. The defendant was to tell the police he had missed his train.

"Aggravating features are the offences were committed at night and occurred while the defendant was on licence. The defendant has a very bad record, in particular for commercial burglaries. "Another aggravating feature is the defendant drove that vehicle for a significant period of time when not qualified to do so." The judge said he had taken into account that McIntyre's father had suffered a violent death and he had expressed a desire to turn over a new leaf.

The court heard he had 20 previous convictions for burgling commercial premises. McIntyre, representing himself, said: "There was no planning involved. It was spur-of-the-moment."

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