Dan O’Callahaghan, 33, was spotted hanging around vehicles in a private car park in Park Road on September 8
The owner of one of the cars went outside to confront O’Callahaghan when he found him sat in the driver’s seat.
He was challenged and initially claimed it was his car before running from the scene, but was followed and detained by the victim in nearby Stanley Recreation Ground before police were called.
O’Callahaghan was initially arrested and charged with interfering with a vehicle however the charge was later changed to theft from a motor vehicle on discovering a wallet had been stolen from the car.
Following his arrest, O’Callahaghan, of Elizabeth Court in Eastfield, was recalled to prison, after having previously served time for thefts and possession of a knife in public.
He admitted the charged at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (September 16), where he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.
Advice on how to best protect your vehicle from thieves can be found on the force website here https://bit.ly/2W55QY4.