VERDEN, West Germany (AP) _ A 19-year-old British soldier who stole an armored personnel carrier and rammed it into his ex-girlfriend's house was court-martialed Tuesday and sentenced to three years in youth custody.

Robinson, of the army's 25th Engineer Regiment, pleaded guilty to illegal use of a military vehicle, damage to public property and other charges, said British military spokeswoman Kate Teesdale.

In Britain, convicted criminals under 21 are incarcerated in facilities with minors, instead of prisons, Teesdale said.

Robinson was convicted of breaking into a storage area Dec. 22 and stealing the personnel carrier. He then drove it to nearby Osnabrueck, hitting several cars along the way, and rammed it against the woman's house.

The girlfriend, a West German, was not home and no one was hurt. Teesdale had no estimate of the property damage.