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WATCH: Moment police catch burglars hiding up a tree

WATCH: Moment police catch burglars hiding up a tree

Published by Lisa Darvill at 12:56pm 24th February 2020.

Police share the moment three burglars were caught after two were found hiding in a tree and the third was detained by a police dog 

  • The police chase happened in the early hours of Wednesday 15 January 
  • Around 20 officers were involved in the chase for the men who sped off sped off in a stolen vehicle  
  • They'd just burgled three farms in Plompton 
  • All three were arrested and each pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary

North Yorkshire Police were involved in the chase for Abraham Fox, 28, Ross Sutcliffe, 29, and 48 year-old William Lowther who sped off after catching the attention of police in a ‘suspicious looking’ stolen vehicle in the early hours of Wednesday 15 January. 

It came just 20 minutes after they had burgled three farms in Plompton, near Harrogate, by snapping the locks to outbuildings in a bid to steal tools.  

The trio fled on foot before being spotted by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) craft’s onboard thermal imaging cameras and being hunted down by officers on the ground including the force’s dogs section.

 

Footage shows the moment Lowther is caught just four miles from the burglaries by a Police Dog team hiding under a barrier of the A1.

It also shows Fox and Sutcliffe’s arrest, after being caught hiding up a tree in fields next to the A1. 

All three were arrested and appeared before the courts where they each pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.

Ross Sutcliffe
Ross Sutcliffe, 29, of Stirling Crescent, Bradford was sentenced to two years and eight months
Abraham Fox
Abraham Fox, 28, of Rowanwood Gardens, Bradford was sentenced to two years and eight months
William Lowther
48 year-old William Lowther of Copgrove Road, Bradford was sentenced to two years and four months

 

On Friday 21 February 2019 at York Crown Court, Fox of Rowanwood Gardens, Bradford and Sutcliffe of Stirling Crescent, Bradford were sentenced to two years and eight months in jail, and Lowther of Copgrove Road, Bradford was sentenced to two years and four months.

Commenting on the sentence Police Investigator Pam Luettke of North Yorkshire Police’s Investigation Hub said:

"These criminals thought that by fleeing and discarding their shoes they’d be able to get away with their crimes but they were no match for our officers that morning, not least our police dogs and police helicopter who quickly hunted them out and the investigation team who pulled the case together to put them before the courts.

"These were organised attacks on hardworking people and whilst they admitting their guilt, the gang displayed no sense of shame for what they did and remained unapologetic throughout for the distress they caused. It is very satisfying to know that justice has been served for the victims and that Lowther, Fox and Sutcliffe are now behind bars."