A POLICE helicopter was used to track two men making off with stolen goods in the back of their Ford Transit Van.
Chainsaws and other equipment was stolen from buildings in the Llanerfyl area of Powys and the police chase followed the men as they ran from their vehicle after crashing it.
Leon James Roberts, 20, of Cherry Tree Drive, St Martins, and William Robert Evans, 18, of Brynmally Park, Pentre Broughton, near Wrexham, admitted all charges at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court and the case has now been adjourned until October 8 for probation service reports.
Both were jointly charged with burglary and theft of three chainsaws, a hedgecutter and a leaf blower from a shed; a chainsaw from a workshop, and two chainsaws from a garage at Llanerfyl on August 28; and to burglary and theft of a motorcycle, a chainsaw, a generator and a welder from a farm shed at Llanwddyn and used batteries worth £35 from Llanfyllin on August 26.
They were also jointly charged with theft of a £400 leaf blower from a workshop in Llanerfyl between August 25 and 29.
Roberts was also charged with driving a vehicle without due care and attention, failing to stop for a police officer, and having no licence or insurance.
Helen Tench, prosecuting, said police cover had been stepped up in the Llanerfyl area following reports of burglaries and the helicopter was brought in after reports of a white Transit van arousing suspicion.
The van was travelling at around 65mph before colliding with a hedge.
Roberts was seen crossing two fields and a river pursued by an officer with a dog before being caught while Evans was said to have been crying: “Please don’t hurt me”.
Numerous items were found in the van.
The total cost of the items stolen was £8,460 and not all items have been recovered.