Derbyshire teenager jailed after admitting almost 20 offences - including breaking into a house while owners slept

A teenager from Derbyshire has been jailed after pleading guilty to almost 20 offences – from burglaries, committing over £800 worth of fraud and several driving offences.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:15 pm
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 7:24 am

Josh Hutchinson, of no fixed abode, entered a guilty plea at Derby Crown Court on March 10, 2021 where he admitted to 11 counts of fraud by false representation, three counts of driving while disqualified, three counts of driving without insurance and two counts of burglary.

The 19-year-old was sentenced to three years and 50 weeks in a youth offenders’ institution.

His first offence took place in Richmond Avenue, Sandiacre, on August 8 last year, where he broke into a house while its owners slept.

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Josh Hutchinson of No Fixed Address.

Hutchinson then stole cash, a pair of vintage duelling pistols, alcohol, a set of Chrysler car keys and a credit card – which was used to pay for around £800 worth of transactions at stores across Derby shortly after it was taken.

CCTV from one of the shops where the card was used showed the 19-year-old driving a Vauxhall Vectra, which was displaying cloned number plates.

The same man was spotted on CCTV using a card stolen during a burglary in Leicestershire at a petrol station off Pentagon Island in Derby on August 16.

Two days later a PSCO spotted Hutchinson driving a Renault Megane, which was also being driven on cloned plates.

He was then located behind the wheel by an officer in Wood Road in Derby on September 22.

The teenager was driving a blue Ford Focus at the time, but drove off at speed as the officer turned his car in order to stop Hutchinson.

His run of offending was rounded off on September 24 when he burgled a house in Cavan Drive, stealing a laptop, phone and a number of bank cards.

The cards were used shortly after – with a final payment of £9.85 at the Chilwell branch of McDonald’s at 5.11am.

Hutchinson was finally arrested after he handed himself into police on September 29, 2020.

The 19-year-old was then charged and remanded to prison before appearing at Derby Crown Court earlier this month and pleading guilty to a range of burglary, fraud and driving offences.

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