Porsche thief jailed after locking himself in sports car
A hapless burglar who filmed himself behind the wheel of a stolen Porsche has been jailed.
Jamie Lee Sharp, 25, pinched the keys to the Porsche Boxster during a burglary in Gloucester with 26-year-old accomplice James Honeywell.
He then filmed himself driving the top-of-the-range Porsche and ringing up friends to boast about his new car before crashing it nearby - trapping himself in the process.
In video footage released by Gloucestershire Police, Sharp can be heard saying: "Hey you little (inaudible) I'm in a Porsche Boxer, now look hear the revs.
"I'm in a Porsche Boxer. Anyway I'm driving, it's my friend's car init, just picked up a (inaudible)."
Sharp goes on to say: "Hey babe do you like the Porsche I am driving right now? Uh, you like that Porsche? Keys... obviously I'm the driver. Look..."
As he revs the engine, he says: "It's mine babe, obviously, come on..."
The pair had broken into a house in the Longlevens area of Gloucester on January 11 this year and stolen a large television, a wallet and several other small items.
They also took the keys to the Porsche, which Sharp drove away and later crashed into a wall on Barnwood Road. Honeywell ran away from the scene leaving Sharp behind.
Sharp, previously of Deans Way, Gloucester, was later jailed for four years by a judge at the city's crown court after pleading guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, driving whilst disqualified, drink-driving and driving without insurance.
He was also disqualified from driving for three years.
Honeywell, of Elmleaze, Longlevens, Gloucester, was jailed for 35 months after admitting burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
He was given a further 14 days' imprisonment for failing to show up at court for sentencing. Honeywell was also disqualified from driving for 29 months.
Pc Gavin Davis, who investigated the incident, said: "Crimes of this nature are incredibly intrusive and have an impact on the victim.
"We are committed, not only in reducing these crimes but catching and convicting those responsible.
"During these longer nights we appeal to people to be vigilant, report any suspicious behaviour and to protect your property, making sure it is secure and looks occupied."