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Thief jailed after ripping emergency lights from police car - Sunderland

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A man has been jailed for stealing the emergency blue lights from the top of British Transport Police car at Sunderland station.
David McBeth, 30, jumped on the car’s roof and pulled and kicked at the blue lights. He eventually ripped the lights off.
He was seen on CCTV walking away with the lights slung over his shoulder. They were never recovered.
The incident happened at around 4.30am on Thursday 27 December 2018.
A picture of him stealing the lights was released to the public and he was arrested a month later in the ticket hall of Sunderland station. 
McBeth, of John Street in Sunderland, was soon charged with theft.
Replacing the blue light bar and hiring a replacement police vehicle cost more than £1,000.
He appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 19 March, pleaded guilty and was jailed for 10 weeks.
Police Constable Michael Proudfoot, of British Transport Police, said: “This was an act of sheer stupidity, he targeted a squad car in clear view of cameras and would not stop until he got hold of the emergency lights. You can only imagine he did this for some nonsense bragging rights.
“What he clearly didn’t consider is that it would force us to take a car out of action and cost the police time and money to get it replaced. Such selfishness isn’t something we or the courts take lightly and that’s why he’s been jailed.”

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