Idiot burglars called recovery service to shift stolen bike
A pair of bungling burglars were caught red-handed trying to get a recovery vehicle to pick up and transport a motorbike they had just stolen in Derbyshire. Plumber Reece Bradbury and Adrian ‘AJ’ Davidson were apprehended by police after a mile-long chase through fields in the early hours of September 1, 2020, after they stole the bike from a farm near Swadlincote in Derbyshire. The recovery vehicle turned up at the farm and, while the driver was with the victim of the theft, the offenders messaged him their location, information that was immediately relayed to the police.
None of their mates would pick them up from the scene of the crime and they were found hiding in a hedge by police sniffer dogs. As part of their attempt to escape, Davidson, 23, of Balmoral Road, Colwick, Nottingham, kicked an officer in the chest, causing her to hit her head on the concrete pavement which left a three centimetre cut and required hospital treatment. 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”.
He 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.” The court heard from Sarah Slater, prosecuting, that Bradbury, 26, of Walton Court, Carlton, Nottingham, and Davidson had made contact with the motorbike owner after he had posted an on Facebook, asking for GBP3,500 for the machine. After learning of the seller’s address, they accessed the property at around 11.30pm on August 31, 2020, and cut through locks protecting the bike, which was in a garage.
The owner became aware of the disturbance from CCTV alerts on his mobile phone, found the bike was gone and reported it to police at around 12.15am on September 1. But none of Bradbury and Davidson’s friends would help get them back to Nottingham, forcing them to call out a recovery vehicle capable of transporting the bike. However, the recovery vehicle arrived at the property with the driver telling the farm owner that he was there to collect a motorbike, and was later messaged a series of locations by the two defendants.
The bike owner followed the recovery vehicle to a field in No Man’s Heath, Leicestershire, alerting police to their location. But when police officers tried to talk Davidson out of the vehicle, he kicked an officer in the chest which caused her to fall and hit her head on the concrete pavement, which caused a three centimetre laceration and left her needing hospital treatment. 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.” The bike was recovered with no damage.
The pair had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of non-domestic burglary, and well as assault of an emergency worker in Davidson’s case, but they changed their pleas on the day their trial was due to start, pleading guilty on October 5. Both men were serving suspended sentences for previous offences at the time of the burglary, but both defence counsels attempted to persuade Judge Wigoder that the defendants 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 done 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.”
Derbyshire crime stories 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 was sentenced to 27 months for the burglary and a further three months for the assault on the police officer.
Bradbury 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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