A JOBLESS dad stole a £200,000 Aston Martin after stumbling across an empty car factory by chance.
Jason Boon was stranded in the middle of nowhere following a night out with friends when he found the keys to the supercar.
The brazen 45-year-old then drove it straight out of the front gates and back to his home five miles away in Southam, Warks.
Boon was handed a ten-month sentence, suspended for two years after he admitted burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and having no insurance.
Sentencing him at Warwick Crown Court on Friday, Recorder Alastair Smith said: “The facts of this case are highly unusual.
“Having been left by some friends following an argument, you walked towards some buildings.
“These, it transpired, were the Aston Martin factory where, due to an error in their security system, the doors were opening independently.
“You were able to go inside to an area where cars were being given final adjustments before sale.
“There was no-one around, and the keys were readily accessible.
“You drove one of the vehicles around, and the doors of the warehouse opened, allowing you to drive out of the factory and out of the compound.
“They were left-hand-drive models, which caused you little difficulty because you had lived in the United States.
“Damage was caused. It was the kind of damage which on some vehicles could have been described as limited.
“But because of the status of the vehicle, the result of your actions is that this £200,000 vehicle has been written off.
“Had I come to the view that this was a targeted operation to steal a valuable vehicle, you would have been facing a substantial custodial sentence.
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“But your actions were impulsive in a unique set of circumstances.”
Jobless Boon was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £200 costs.
The court heard that Boon stole the supercar in the early hours of May 5.
Prosecutor Ian Windridge said: “At shortly before 5.40am the police were alerted to a situation where an Aston Martin was being driven up and down Mill Crescent in Southam.
“They went there and found the car, which had no registration number, and a police dog tracked Mr Boon to a nearby house.
“He had the key to that car, some Aston Martin paperwork, and a key fob relating to another Aston Martin.
“It would seem that, by an unfortunate coincidence, Aston Martin had some difficulties that night with its security system which kept cutting out, with doors opening randomly – and at the time he was driving round, the system failed and the door opened.”
The DB11 Boon took had suffered scuff marks and wheel rim damage by the time it was recovered – which meant it was a write-off.
Paul O’Keeffe, defending, said: “He was out with friends, and they had a disagreement, and he was kicked out of the car.
“He didn’t know where he was, so walked to higher ground to get his bearings.
He was feeling in a very low place at the time. Once he found himself in the Aston Martin factory with no-one about, it was, as he put it, ‘100 per cent heaven.’
“He saw lights in the distance and walked towards them, and it happened to be the Aston Martin factory.
“He tried one of the cars, and it started up. He drove round the factory and then found the gate open, and he drove out. He drove to a friend’s home and then drove round.
“He was feeling in a very low place at the time. Once he found himself in the Aston Martin factory with no-one about, it was, as he put it, ‘100 per cent heaven.’”
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