Car thief, ram raider and burglar jailed


A Brighton drug user with more than 200 convictions was jailed for 4 years today, Wednesday, 08 April 2015, after he ram raided two Tesco stores in North London.

Sky Riley, aged 39, who was traced after he left his DNA at the scene of a break-in, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for 10 more offences.

He stole a Toyota Hilux on 25 August last year. A month later, on 27 September, he tried to steal a Peugeot. The next day he was involved in a ram raid at Tesco's in Swains Lane, Kentish Town and took alcohol and cash boxes. On 03 October he was involved in another ram raid at Tesco Express in Hampden Square, Southgate N14, where nothing was taken. He also tried to break into Tesco in Highgate Street, Highgate N6.

He broke into the Cherry Trees pub in Winchmore Hill N21 on 14 October, taking cash and alcohol and, five days later, took cash from the Minstrel Boy pub in Colney Hatch Lane, Barnet.

Riley also tried to get into a house in Woodlands in Southgate on 24 October, but was disturbed by the home owner as he tried to open the door using a screwdriver. Then, on 05 November, he broke into a garage in Longmore, East Barnet and stole bicycles valued at £900.

Riley, of Chiddingly Close, Brighton, appeared in court via a video link from Peterborough jail. He had pleaded guilty to the theft of a car and attempted theft of another car. He also pleaded guilty to six burglaries and two attempted burglaries. He had 207 previous crimes from 42 court appearances, which included offences of burglary and theft from vehicles.

Sarah Gaunt, defending, asked for full credit for his guilty plea. He said Riley was intending to change his ways. Since being held in custody she said he had taken steps to tackle his serious drug problem by attending courses. "He may well be at a crossroads. He wants to clean up and start rehabilitation," she said. She had given the judge a letter from Riley in which he said he wanted to make a success of his life.

Jailing him, Judge Martin Griffith told him he had a "shocking record of offending." The Judge said in the past he had been offered supervision and a drug treatment programme.

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