Bungling parking meter thief caught on CCTV
Wesley Bristow, of Oldswinford, was captured on the store's CCTV system using his car as a battering ram in an effort to uproot the machine.
Unfortunately, the bungling crook chose a rather unsuitable vehicle, with his tiny Peugeot 106 hatchback sustaining significant damage in the theft.
Further problems occurred for Bristow as he and an unidentified accomplice loaded the machine into the back of the car, which then began to shower the road with sparks because it was scraping the road as it was overloaded.
The 25-year-old father of four managed to leave the scene just as police arrived, resulting in a high-speed chase that lasted all of a mile before Bristow crashed into a wall.
He was arrested at the scene, charged with theft, criminal damage, dangerous driving and also for being in breach of an earlier suspended sentence for drug dealing.
Admitting the offences at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Bristow was jailed for two years and banned from driving for the same period.
The court heard that £5,500 of damage was caused in the ram-raid, though the machine and its £1,000 contents were recovered upon Bristow's arrest.
In mitigation, his defence explained that Bristow had stolen the parking meter after being threatened with violence by those he owed a drug debt to.
Click play below to watch the CCTV footage of the theft.