A teen thief has been locked up after brazenly stealing four cars and motorbikes from owner’s homes in a month-long crime spree.
Kamil Kowalski, 19, appeared before Manchester Minshull Street Court charged with nine different charges including theft, burglary, and attempted burglary. Prosecutor Brian Berlyne said Kowalski’s offending started on November 5, 2020, when he stole a transit van.
The offending continued over the next month. Five days later, on November 10, he stole two bicycles from a garage attached to a house in Denton, before swiping a Ducati motorcycle from a garage in Compstall, Stockport, four days later.
Between November 26 and 28 Kowalski then stole tools from a garage in Woodley, before stealing the keys to a car in Romiley, followed by the theft of a Nissan Note. The offending continued to December 9 and 10 where he first stole a Suzuki motorcycle from a garage in Haughton Green before entering a garage attached to a house in Mottram, grabbing a bicycle.
Mr Berlyne expressed frustrations to Judge John Potter that these charges had not been brought earlier, when Kowalski and another defendant, were before Manchester Crown Court in November last year for their roles in the gang who were on an ‘expedition’ looking for cars to steal and sell on. Restaurant owner Mohammed Islam, 53, was killed after being hit by his own car as it was stolen, while he made a food delivery to a house in Romiley, Stockport. Kowalski was handed a suspended sentence during this case.
Howard Bernstein, defending, proposed sparing Kowalski jail, instead handing him another suspended sentence. Kowalski had been in custody since November of last year while waiting for this hearing.
Judge Potter handed Kowalski, of Grange Road South, Hyde, a 40-month sentence at a young offenders institution and ordered to pay £190 as a victim surcharge fee.