[A] man living in Whitehaven was caught interfering with motor vehicles in the car park outside Workington Police station in the early hours of Wednesday, December 20.
Simon David Lilley, 18, appeared from custody to face magistrates sitting in Carlisle and pleaded guilty to two-charges of vehicle interfering.
John Moran prosecuting said Lilley was seen trying the car handles of a Peugeot and a Citroen car parked opposite the police station, this was clearly seen as a dishonest act, it seems that Lilley was trying to find somewhere to sleep for the night.
The court were further informed that the defendant has 103 previous convictions for similar theft and kindred offences, some of these offences were committed in Wales the court was told.
John Cooper on behalf of Lilley told the court this was “ill-thought out” outside the door of the police station car park, this was not a sophisticated crime, and not planned.
Lilley told police he just wanted somewhere to sleep, he was arrested and spent the night in police cells.
He has an address at Glenholme, Fox Houses Road in Whitehaven, but was with some friends in Workington and nowhere to sleep and under the influence of alcohol.
After some deliberation by the justices, Lilley was placed on a house curfew to be electronically tagged for four-weeks at his address in Whitehaven between the hours of 7pm to 7am, he has court costs totalling £170 to pay.