Dopey thieves call recovery truck to move stolen motorbike
A pair of burglars were caught with a stolen motorbike after they called a recovery truck to help them after they had wheeled it from their victim’s home. Reece Bradbury, 26, and 23-year-old Adrian Davidson stole the bike from a farm near Ashby, in September 2020 but then realised they had no way of getting it back to their home town, Nottingham. The pair contacted friends and asked them to help them transport it, but none were available, a court heard.
: Find all the latest news from the courts here The pair had previously contacted the owner of the bike after he advertised it for sale on Facebook, Derby Crown Court heard. After getting the seller’s address, the friends went to the property on August 31, and cut through the bike locks in the garage where it was stored, Derbyshire Live reports.
When the owner was alerted by CCTV notifications on his phone that there had been a break-in and found that the bike was gone, he reported it to police, prosecutor Sarah Slater said.
Meanwhile, Bradbury and Davidson had made their way from the Swadlincote farm and were in a field over the border in Leicestershire, still unable to get any of their friends to come out to help them. Instead, they decided to call a recovery vehicle. The recovery truck turned up at the farm where the victim had by then arrived.
Bradbury and Davidson then shared their location with the driver – and the information relayed to police. But when police arrive and attempted to talk Davidson, he kicked an officer in the chest – causing her to fall and hit her head on the concrete pavement. The officer was left with a gash and needed hospital treatment.
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Click ‘subscribe’ and you can expect your first newsletter at the next release. Alternatively, click here to sign up online. After Judge Justin Wigoder called it a “serious assault on a police officer”, Patrick Williamson, defending Davidson at Derby Crown Court, said it was “clearly an attempt to escape”.
Mr Williamson said: “This was not a particularly well-planned burglary. “It is clear that within about an hour they appear to be wandering around the countryside trying to find a way to get back. “That is not the hallmark of a sophisticated burglary.
That is the sign of someone flying by the seat of their pants.”
In a victim statement read out in court, the officer said: “I did not expect to come to work and be attacked. “I come to work to help people and to protect people. As a result of being assaulted, I am still in pain and discomfort and it was pure luck that more serious injuries were not caused.”
After previously pleading not guilty to charges of non-domestic burglary, and well as assault of an emergency worker in Davidson’s case, they changed their pleas on the day their trial was due to start, pleading guilty on October 5. At the time of the burglary, both men were serving sentences for previous offences, but the defence counsels attempted to persuade Judge Wigdoder they would benefit from further suspended sentences. Barry Grennan, defending Bradbury, said: “He has a clear indication of being highly motivated to change.
He has shown motivation and reflection. “He is in employment and has been, for the last seven months, plumbing and is about to take a course at college as an electrician. “He has become more family orientated, he has severed his ties with people he should and spends most of his time with his mother and with his partner.
“I accept he has been involved in a serious burglary and so does he. He is frightened of going to prison and he does not want to throw away his work or the progress he has made. “I would respectfully submit this is a classic case of someone who is turning the corner and it would be a terrible shame but for his stupidity if he had to be sent to prison.”
But the judge said the offences were aggravated by the fact that Bradbury was serving a suspended sentence for previous driving offences, and that the burglary was planned and committed at night.
He said: “I have read quite a lot about you. It is pointed out in your favour that a long amount of time has passed since this offence and both of you have kept out trouble. “That is one side of the argument.
The other side is that this was a very carefully planned burglary indeed. “It is apparent to me that something had gone wrong with the transport, which was meant to be collecting the bike. “Your reaction [to being arrested by police] was not to co-operate or comply, but to kick [the officer] in the chest so hard that she fell back and hit her head on the concrete floor.
“I have to follow the guidelines. The victim was on the premises, very close, and there would have been a significant financial loss to them. “There is a significant degree of planning here and in my judgement you carried equipment with you which could be used to take the bike.”
Davidson, Balmoral Road, Colwick, was sentenced to 27 months for the burglary and a further three months for the assault on the police officer. Bradbury, Walton Court, Carlton, was also sentenced to 27 months for the burglary, and a further 15 weeks for breaching his suspended sentence. The pair must also pay a victim surcharge.
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