A CRIMINAL was hauled before a court less than 48 hours after being caught trying car door handles in a video posted in YouTube.
David Allen York, 41, formerly of Liversedge, was captured on CCTV trying the handles of a Ford Fiesta and a Toyota Rav4 in Queen Street, Gomersal, during the early hours of Monday.
York pleaded guilty to two counts of interfering with vehicles with intent to steal at Dewsbury Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.
He was caught after CCTV footage recorded by resident Gareth Nolan, 57, showed York trying to get into both cars.
Mr Nolan uploaded the footage to YouTube which spread via Facebook, becoming a minor viral hit with residents in Spen and beyond.
Mr Nolan said: “On Monday lunchtime a neighbour told me his car had been broken into.
“I checked my CCTV camera which I installed a few years ago after a break in.
“I saw this guy shambling up the road trying my daughter’s car door.”
Mr Nolan uploaded the footage onto YouTube, which had amassed nearly 9,000 views by Thursday afternoon.
The footage made its way to the police, who recognised York and arrested him on Tuesday after an unrelated court appearance.
York was hauled back before magistrates on Wednesday for sentencing.
Mr Nolan said he was told by police that his actions ‘made their job a lot easier’.
“It was great to be part of a phenomenon that took place on YouTube and Facebook where this guy’s criminal behaviour was filmed, publicised and fast-tracked through the criminal justice system in little over 48 hours,” he added,
Magistrates’ chairman Paul McNulty added 60 hours of unpaid work to an outstanding community order that York was given in June last year for an unrelated offence.