A RAINBOW man obsessed with cars has been jailed for stealing them.
Magistrate Peter Couzens said Carl Jeffrey Lowe was an absolute menace and danger to the community with an horrific history of offending.
Mr Couzens convicted and sentenced Lowe to nine months' jail, less 76 days already served.
Lowe, 50, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to two counts of car theft, two counts of criminal damage, theft, witness harassment, disqualified driving and having breached a community corrections order.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Michael Patterson told the court that Lowe and his co-accused were in Bow Street, Rainbow, between October 24 and 25.
Leading Sen Const Patterson said Lowe stole car keys and the two men pushed a utility out of its driveway into a lane.
He said Lowe pushed the driver's side door into a fence, folding it back, causing $3000 damage.
Lowe drove the utility into Rigg Street and dumped it.
He also stole tools from the vehicle.
Leading Sen Const Patterson said Lowe then stole a second utility from a Rigg Street house.
He said Lowe stole tools from the car, which disrupted his victim's ability to work.
Lowe crashed the car into a dry dam, causing $300 damage.
Police arrested Lowe and his co-accused on October 25.
Members found stolen tools in Lowe's house, but more tools worth about $2000 were missing.
Lowe denied the offences and told police he bought the tools from his co-accused.
Leading Sen Const Patterson said Lowe also harassed one of his victims on November 7 by saying, 'this will come back to you and follow you'.
Defence barrister Jessica Fallar told the court her client suffered from conditions including Asperger's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
She said Lowe wanted to stay in jail for a few more months to 'stabilise'.
Lowe's partner gave evidence for the defence about Lowe's obsessive-compulsive behaviour, which included needing cups for his exclusive use and having separate loads of washing.
She said caring for Lowe was like looking after a child.
Lowe's partner also told the court that Lowe was obsessed with cars and could spend up to 18 hours looking at cars online.
Mr Couzens noted Lowe's priors, including about 50 disqualified and drink-driving offences, plus having recklessly endangered serious injury.