A Frome teenager who went on a wrecking spree with a friend, breaking into 23 vehicles in one night has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Jason Jeorge Fenby forced his way into the vehicles stealing cash and other items inside in a bid to feed his cocaine addiction.
When police searched his co-defendant's bedroom and found some of the stolen booty they discovered Fenby hiding underneath his bed and he was arrested.
Fenby, 18, of Randolph Road, pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet, cash, bank cards and miscellaneous cards belonging to Sammy White, of Frome, jointly with Ashley Palmer, between November 26 and 28.
He also asked for 22 other similar offences to be taken into consideration and admitted being in breach of a 12-month conditional discharge imposed on August 10 for previous offences when he appeared before District Judge David Parsons, sitting at Yeovil.
He was sentenced to 16 weeks in a Young Offender's Institution, suspended for 12 months.
During that time he was ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work in the community and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
The judge said that the compensation claims put forward were unsustainable against the defendant's income and would therefore have to be dealt with through the respective insurance companies.
Prosecutor Emma Chetland said Mr White left his Rover car parked in Portland Road, Frome, on November 26 and the following morning found the front passenger window had been smashed and numerous items had been stolen from inside.
"The following day police received information that the co-defendant, Ashley Palmer, had allegedly been involved in breaking into a number of vehicles and a further 22 similar incidents had been reported in the same area, all committed on the same day," said Miss Chetland.
"Officers searched Palmer's bedroom and found a card in the name of Mr White along with an NHS card and other items that had been stolen from his car, and then found Fenby hiding under the bed."
The defendant admitted being involved in the thefts when he was interviewed by police.