TWO men tracked by a police helicopter as they drove a Ford Transit van to steal chainsaws and other equipment from buildings in the Llanerfyl area, have been committed to Mold Crown Court for sentence.
Leon James Roberts, aged 20, of Cherry Tree Drive, St Martins, near Oswestry, and William Robert Evans, aged 18, of Brynmally Park, Pentre Broughton, Wrexham, are to appear in the Crown Court on October 31 after being committed by magistrates at Welshpool on Tuesday.
Both pleaded guilty to all charges. Both were jointly charged with burglary and theft of three chainsaws, a hedge cutter 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 a cart house at 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 that the motorcycle and other items stolen at Llanwddyn were valued at £8,460 and not all items had been recovered.
After reports of burglaries in the area a police helicopter spotted and followed the vehicle, which drove through a roadblock and travelled at around 65mph forcing a road surveyor to jump out of the way at one point before the van hit a hedge and the two tried to get away.
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”.
Bethan Jones, for Roberts and Evans, said they were unsophisticated offences by young offenders fresh out of youth court on a one-off spree driving around in a van and they had already felt the wrath of their families that they had bourne out public perception of the “travelling community”.