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Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) minimum and (b) maximum sentence applies for someone convicted of an offence involving stealing car keys from a house then stealing a vehicle parked outside. (295743)

The more serious matter here is the stealing of keys within the house. This constitutes burglary in a dwelling, for which the maximum penalty is 14 years’ imprisonment. That is the offence likely to be charged. There is no minimum penalty unless this is a third offence of domestic burglary, in which case there is a minimum penalty of three years for an adult.