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Disabled fuel thief jailed for three months

30 September, 2010

A disabled drug user has been jailed for stealing petrol from outlets across the East Midlands to fund his drugs habit.

Thirty-three-year-old Steven Argo used false number plates to rob 44 petrol stations across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, by driving off without paying. He sold jerry cans full of fuel at 10 a time so he could buy drugs, after stealing over 1,800 of fuel over two years.

Market Harborough magistrates were told how Argo, of Coventry Road, Market Harborough, was caught after police spotted the front passenger side of a Rover 400 scraping along the road without a front passenger wheel. It had false number plates and drugs were also found in the car. Police then discovered the Rover was suspected of having been used to steal fuel from a string of other outlets.

On September 8 Argo was jailed for 14 weeks by Corby magistrates for breaching an earlier suspended sentence connected with fuel theft, but last week he was ordered to serve an extra 16 weeks by Harborough magistrates. He admitted stealing the fuel and also pleaded guilty to possessing amphetamines and driving dangerously.