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Man jailed after £90,000 Porsche stolen in Bridgnorth burglary

By Deborah Hardiman | Bridgnorth | Crime | Published:

A man has been jailed for a total of four years for stealing a £90,000 car during a burglary at a Bridgnorth property.

The Kidderminster Road house was broken into, ransacked and the Porsche stolen on January 25 this year while the devastated owner was out.

Keiran Valentine Kelly and an accomplice then drove the car that was fitted with a tracking device to the Tipton area 20 miles away where it was spotted by the police.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that when they pair realised they had been seen they switched to a Navara van that had been reported stolen in November 2018 and were pursued by officers for several miles before it was stopped in the Birmingham area.

Kelly, who has previous convictions for similar offences was arrested and immediately recalled to prison.

Kelly, 28, pleaded guilty to offences of burglary, theft, aiding and abetting dangerous driving, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis at a previous hearing.

Mr Stuart Clarkson, mitigating barrister, told the court that Kelly had been brought into the joint enterprise by another man and admitted the offences at an early stage.

Sentencing him on Friday, Judge Jonathan Gosling told Kelly that the burglary had a “devastating” effect on the victim.

“This house was ransacked and you went inside it. Even if you had no part in the ransacking, you were there,” the judge said.

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He said that the defendant, of Birmingham, had carried out the offence while still on licence for previous matters including for burglary and wounding for which he was jailed for eight years and six months.

"The effect of that offence is that any sentence I pass starts from today. I cannot calculate the total period you will remain in prison, that will be done by others," Judge Gosling added.

“I have read the letter you wrote to me. I take into account your remorse which appears to be genuine. You have progressed in prison and acquired certificates in labouring.

Following the burglary West Mercia Police launched a witness appeal acting on information that two men were seen to go into the front garden at the address in Kidderminster Road.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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