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Car-key burglar caught driving stolen car in Gravesend without any lights on

PUBLISHED: 10:37 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:37 09 October 2017

Billy Treays

Billy Treays

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He was jailed last week

A teenage burglar has been jailed after driving a stolen car at night without any lights on.

Billy Treays, 18 and of Thistle Road in Gravesend, broke into his neighbour’s house and stole the keys to her Vauxhall Astra, along with a Gucci wallet and an e-cigarette on July 29.

At 11.15pm that night, a patrolling police officer spotted the black vehicle in Gravesend town centre with no lights on.

When the officer tried to stop the car, Treays sped off, running through a number of red lights before stopping in Roehampton Crescent, where he then fled into the back garden of a property.

Despite escaping capture, Treays was identified police and he was arrested at his home on Tuesday, August 1.

On Tuesday, October 3, Treays was jailed for two-and-a-half-years after admitting to burglary and dangerous driving.

Detective constable Steve Brown said: “Billy Treays is a young man but already has a number of convictions and had only recently been released from prison for other burglaries when this incident took place.

“Burglary is a terrible crime that can have a devastating emotional impact on the people whose homes are broken into. It can be especially frightening for them to learn that the offender had been inside their home while they slept, as was the case on this occasion.

“Treays has proven he is incapable of keeping his hands away from other people’s property, most notably those he shares his estate with, so I am pleased he is back behind bars where he can cause no further harm.’

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