A Reigate man has been jailed for offences which saw him crash a stolen car in Caterham and attempt to take another car containing an 11-month old baby.
Luke Lethbridge-Carr, 36, of Alexander Road, Reigate, committed the offences over two days earlier this year, beginning with him burgling a house in Redhill on the morning of Wednesday 24 April.
Surrey Police say he entered via the front door and took a coat and a rucksack belonging to a carer working upstairs. He then used bank cards to commit frauds in Redhill town centre.
A few hours later he burgled a house in Reigate, taking keys to an Audi TT.
The next day the Audi was picked up by an automatic number plate recognition camera. With the help of the National Police Air Service, Lethbridge-Carr was spotted driving the car dangerously in Merstham, going through a 30mph zone at 64mph, headed for Caterham.
A police pursuit ended in the Morrisons car park in Caterham where Lethbridge-Carr crashed the Audi.
As part of efforts to get away, he tried to steal a woman’s car which had her 11-month old baby inside, but the woman managed to lock the car and throw the keys away.
Lethbridge-Carr then fled towards Harestone Valley Road, where he was arrested.
He later pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, three counts of fraud, aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, driving without a licence or insurance, and possession of class B drugs (cannabis).
On Monday 14 October he was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court to four years and three months in jail, and was disqualified from driving for 61 months and two weeks with a requirement to take an extended driving test.
Detective Constable Steven Cassidy, of Reigate CID said: “Lethbridge-Carr had no regard for the safety of the people around him when he was driving the stolen Audi.
“When he was driving through the speed camera, he made a derogatory gesture out of the window and almost knocked a member of the public over.
“I would like to praise the swift actions of the woman who he tried to take the keys off of, due to how quickly she reacted she was able to protect her baby, and thankfully we were able to arrest him moments later.”