Man who stole more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations in Lancashire jailed

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Man who stole more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations in Lancashire jailed

A man who stole more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations in Lancashire has been jailed.

Jonathon Lawrence, 24, made off without paying from forecourts in Lancashire, Cheshire, West Yorkshire, and North Wales.

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Jonathon Lawrence was jailed after stealing more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations (Credit: Lancashire Police)Jonathon Lawrence was jailed after stealing more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations (Credit: Lancashire Police)
Jonathon Lawrence was jailed after stealing more than £4,200 worth of fuel from petrol stations (Credit: Lancashire Police) | Lancashire Police

He sometimes used vans which were specially adapted for theft, with fuel tanks and containers fitted in the back.

Lancashire Police launched an investigation into the thefts following incidents at forecourts in Preston, Blackpool and Nelson in October, November, and December last year.

Lawrence, of Feltwood Walk, Liverpool, was arrested in Preston in January.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to making off without payment, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

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Lawrence was jailed for 28 months and banned from driving for 36 months after appearing at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday (May 21).

He sometimes used vans which were specially adapted for theft (Credit: Lancashire Police)He sometimes used vans which were specially adapted for theft (Credit: Lancashire Police)
He sometimes used vans which were specially adapted for theft (Credit: Lancashire Police) | Lancashire Police

PC Sasha Smith-Hooke, of Preston Police, said: “Lawrence was prolific in making off from forecourts without paying for fuel in a number of locations.

“These offences involved several thousand pounds of petrol and diesel, with Lawrence deliberately targeting petrol stations and on occasions using specially adapted vehicles.

“I hope that the prison sentence given to Lawrence sends out a message that offences of this nature will not be tolerated.”