• Sep 17, 2010
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When stealing a vehicle, we imagine the last thing on a thief's mind is thinking is about type of fuel their "new" car requires. However, that's something Daniel Boxall should have considered after acquiring a new set of wheels through less than legal means.

Boxall decided he needed a new whip, so after picking the pocket of Caroline Lyons, he quickly made off with her Audi A4. Nary a Bobby in sight, he decided to pick up his friend Richard Lloyd and go for a spin. Soon thereafter, the pair started to run low on fuel and headed towards the nearest petrol station.

Daniel Boxall proceeded to fill his illicit Audi with regular gasoline – despite the fact that the gas cap had a big 'D' on it. After leaving the station, the two thought their joy-riding session was about to hit full swing. Unfortunately, TDI-equipped Audis don't like chugging gasoline and the car sputtered to a halt just a few hundred yards down the road. The two attempted to sell the car for £100 to a passer-by stopping to help. He declined and became suspicious of the pair, even though they claimed they would have a Porsche by the following day. It's a natural tactic for the logically-thinking impaired... to make outlandish and suspicious boasts of high-end sportscar "purchases" when your £100 £13,000 Audi A4 diesel is broken down on the side of the road.

Despite later claims to law enforcement that they were forced to drive the car by a "black drug dealer," CCTV captured the action and the two were sentenced. Boxall received a 12-month suspended sentence and loss of his license for a year while Lloyd got a 180-day stay in prison, 18-month suspension and 12-month driving ban.



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[Source: Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't know auto theft laws were so lenient in the UK. They would have gotten years behind bars here in America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's my reply to a previous poster. Applies to your post also.

        You get off light for stealing cars here in the USA also. I live in Los Angeles and about 5 years ago my car was stolen from my garage. I had Lojack and the car was recovered with the two "perps" arrested less than three hours later. The cops assured me they would get jail time because, not only was it a vehicle theft, it was burglary since they stole my car from inside my garage. And on top of it, they had traded everything in the car (radar detector, CD's, sunglasses) for crack and were smoking crack in my car when the cops busted them. Guess what, not one day of jail time for either of them, even though it was the third offense for one of them. Three strikes my ass! Add possession of drugs to the charges, still no jail time. And to add insult to injury, as part of the agreement with the court to keep themselves out of jail, they agreed to pay me $2000 for my property that was sold for crack. Five years later and I've never seen a dime of that money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FAIL to the car thief, his girlfriend's taste in men and to the British legal system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aren't half the cars in Britain diesel anyway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would Boxall, who stole the car, get a 12-month suspended sentence, while his "friend" Lloyd the passenger got a 180-day stay in the slammer? Poor editing or fact checking?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not too familiar with the British legal system, but if it's anything like ours I'd surmise that Mr. Boxall was able to obtain a better legal defense team than Mr. Lloyd. Or Mr. Lloyd had priors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a crazy legal system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have two cars, one of them uses gas, which I use everyday for the city (1993 Honda Civic). The other one is a diesel (2000 Saab 9-3).
      One day it occurred to me to fill the Saab with gas without knowing it really, so I continued my trip but I noticed something was going wrong, the engine was making strange noises, and it was not responding as usual. I pulled over immediately and I found out on the receipt what I´ve just done. I had to call my insurance company and had my car taken to the closest mechanic workshop. Luckily my reaction was just in time, and pretty much all the mechanic had to do was to remove all the gas in the deposit and a few things more, but nothing complicated or expensive. Probably, if I filled the Civic with diesel it would had been much worse, since the diesel is thicker...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its pretty impressive that Caroline's pockets have pockets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, it's possible... I have some pants where the front pocket has a coin pocket inside to keep it from clinking around, and another with a zippered inner space... Don't even make me bring up eDockers or Scott eVest gear! LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are literally fancy pants....

        (fixed btw, haha)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has nobody noticed that the story is about an Audi A4 yet the car in the picture is an Audi A3. This is outrageous !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, you get off light there for stealing a car in the UK. Seems like open season on jacking cars to me. I mean come on, at least 6 months in jail for each of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You get off light for stealing cars here in the USA also. I live in Los Angeles and about 5 years ago my car was stolen from my garage. I had Lojack and the car was recovered with the two "perps" arrested less than three hours later. The cops assured me they would get jail time because, not only was it a vehicle theft, it was burglary since they stole my car from inside my garage. And on top of it, they had traded everything in the car (radar detector, CD's, sunglasses) for crack and were smoking crack in my car when the cops busted them. Guess what, not one day of jail time for either of them, even though it was the third offense for one of them. Three strikes my ass! Add possession of drugs to the charges, still no jail time. And to add insult to injury, as part of the agreement with the court to keep themselves out of jail, they agreed to pay me $2000 for my property that was sold for crack. Five years later and I've never seen a dime of that money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      he stole a car and only got 1 year in prison?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's weird, the guy who stole the car got a suspended sentence, but his friend is actually going to serve jail time. Maybe it depends on prior convictions, but who knows.

        Also, "The two attempted to sell the car for £100 to a passer-by stopping to help" = idiots!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not even; 12 mos suspended sentence. The other guy got 180 days in jail; so you know he'll be out in two months. Unbelievable!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I were Dexter, I would move to UK, and have a field day. Good people need to learn how to kill and get rid off the evidence, that's all. Even with all the CCTV in UK, there is still a way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to the Telegraph article the A4 was a write-off.
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