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Disgruntled sacked farm worker stole ex-boss' Subaru after breaking into farm

A sacked farm worker was caught bragging how he broke into his former employer’s home and stole his high-powered Subaru car.

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Johnson burgled the farm which is off Gypsy Lane in Draycott (Image: Google maps)
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Teenager Michael Johnson took the vehicle after sneaking on to the land, filling the car with other items and driving off.


But he was snared when he was secretly filmed showing off about his exploits on someone’s mobile phone.

 

Derby Crown Court heard how the person that took the footage then showed it to the victim, who called the police.

 

Then, in a separate and unrelated incident, 19-year-old Johnson crashed his own car into another vehicle carrying a woman and her young daughter and fled from the scene.

 

Now he has been handed a suspended prison sentence after admitting a series of charges relating to both crimes.

 

 


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Recorder Stephen Thomas told the teen: “Whatever your grievance was, you carried out a mean and spiteful action against someone that had employed you for almost two years.

 

“You broke into the farm, in Draycott, filled his vehicle with various items of his property and stole them.

 

“This was a targeted attack on him and there was some degree of sophistication and planning involved.

 

“But not content with that, you were then filmed bragging about what you had done and how much you had sold the stolen items for.”

 

Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said Johnson, of Shannon Square, Derby, had been employed for almost two years at the Draycott farm, off Gypsy Lane, but was sacked as he had started failing to turn up for work.

Johnson also fled from a collision in Osmaston Park Road, Derby (Image: Google maps)
Johnson also fled from a collision in Osmaston Park Road, Derby (Image: Google maps)

He said at 11am on March 29 last year his previous employer went to find his car but discovered the Subaru and other items were gone.

 

Johnson had stolen the car and items and then sold them on.

 

Mr Kemp said: “A man who was known to both parties listened to the defendant bragging about what he had stolen and what money he had made by selling them.

 

“He recorded it on his mobile phone and showed the footage to the victim.”

 

Plea

 

Johnson pleaded guilty to burglary, failing to stop following an accident and driving without a licence or insurance, reported the Derby Telegraph.

 

Richard Veni, for Johnson, said: “Whatever his grievances were with his former employer he accepts they in no way come close to what he has done.

 

“He is a young man who angrily, dramatically and horrifically overreacted.

 

Recorder Thomas handed him a 12-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for six months.

 

He said: “You are 19 years old, have no previous convictions and have thrown yourself on the mercy of the court through your guilty pleas.”

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