VIDEO: Swansea car thief trapped and filmed by angry residents
This is the moment neighbours trapped a car thief inside the car he was trying to steal.
Matthew Draper had brazenly asked a neighbour of the car owner to move his vehicle to provide free access to escape.
But because the neighbour did not recognise him he went and asked the mother of the car owner who he was.
When they realised he was not allowed to be in the car, a Smart Roadster, the brave group held the doors shut so he couldn’t escape from the lane behind Cromwell Street in Swansea.
Draper, of Carmarthen Road, Swansea, had a screwdriver in his hand and was trying to force his way out.
When that failed started damaging the car from the inside.
The car’s owner, Tanya Miles, returned home and watched Draper as he frantically tried to escape pointing the screwdriver at those keeping him inside.
When she climbed onto the back of the car to try push his hands back inside, he spat at her.
Draper then tried to kick the window through.
When Draper was searched by police, they found a camera, which Miss Miles kept in her glove box, in his pocket.
He admitted criminal damage, theft, going equipped and failing to provide a specimen of breath in relation to that incident.
He also pleaded guilty to theft of a car CD player after he broke into a car parked on Penlan Terrace on July 1 and burglary.
Swansea Crown Court heard Draper and another man went to the home of Dean Thompson on June 26.
The second, unknown man, told Mr Thompson that a stereo he had been sold belonged to him.
When he refused to give it back, the pair pushed past him and knocked him to the floor but he was on crutches at the time having broken his leg four days earlier.
The pair picked up the stereo and left, leaving Mr Thompson on the floor.
Draper, aged 27, has a number of previous convictions including offences of assault, shoplifting and burglary.
Giles Hayes, for Draper, said his client’s offending was linked to his drug use.
He said his life had been relatively stable after his release from prison but that fellow users had contacted him through social media and he went back to drugs.
Judge Huw Davies told him his drug use had left him “out of control”.
He imposed a total sentence of 32 months.