Robbery leads to helicopter chase drama

Robbery leads to helicopter chase drama

Robbery leads to helicopter chase drama

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A THIEF was tracked down by a police helicopter team using a thermal imaging camera following a chase drama on a building site in Basingstoke.

Wayne Lewis used bolt croppers to cut a large hole in a fence surrounding the site in Taverner Close, Oakridge, on April 20 this year, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Once inside, the 30-year-old broke into a shipping container from which he tried to drag a compacter and a generator.

Rachel Robertson, prosecuting, said the police were called to the site at 11.15pm after receiving a call from a civil engineer, who had heard noises.

He was trapped in a portable building after Lewis and an accomplice had propped a wooden pallet against the door.

The prosecutor said officers attending spotted two men dragging equipment towards the metal fence before running when challenged.

“Dog units and a police helicopter were called,” she said. “The helicopter found a heat source using a thermal imaging camera in one of the partly-built units.

“Officers with dogs then found two males on the ground in the far corner of the building. The men jumped through a window and across the site.”

Lewis stopped when the helicopter trained a spotlight on him, while the other man was stopped by a dog unit.

Lewis, of Wiltshire Crescent, Buckskin, Basingstoke, was appearing for sentence having pleaded guilty to trespassing on the site with intent to steal. The court heard he had 21 convictions for 45 offences, including house and non-dwelling burglaries.

Mark Ashley, defending, said Lewis needed money to fuel a cannabis addiction that he now wants to overcome.

Judge Keith Cutler gave Lewis an 18-month community order with supervision and drug rehabilitation requirements.

He told Lewis: “Please do not let me down. I will be here for a number of years yet, and I hope we will never have to meet again.”

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11:42am Wed 9 Jul 14

whatajoke14 says...

this lad is always stealing never learns nothing, he takes his whole family down with him all the time then walks around like he don't care at all, him and his misses have bad names i'm not sure who is worse !! judge far to soft in my eyes was it not drugs last time to
this lad is always stealing never learns nothing, he takes his whole family down with him all the time then walks around like he don't care at all, him and his misses have bad names i'm not sure who is worse !! judge far to soft in my eyes was it not drugs last time to whatajoke14
  • Score: 18

2:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Mowgli91 says...

"Mark Ashley, defending, said Lewis needed money to fuel a cannabis addiction that he now wants to overcome" ...LUDACRIS! make it look like the poor guy has a poor little addiction so he gets off easy. Cannabis isn't addictive - If this guy won't learn then lock him! the world needs less people like this, especially Basingstoke where there are too many!
"Mark Ashley, defending, said Lewis needed money to fuel a cannabis addiction that he now wants to overcome" ...LUDACRIS! make it look like the poor guy has a poor little addiction so he gets off easy. Cannabis isn't addictive - If this guy won't learn then lock him! the world needs less people like this, especially Basingstoke where there are too many! Mowgli91
  • Score: 9

3:30pm Thu 10 Jul 14

laurence86 says...

Ha what a joke! With that many convictions what is an 18 month community order going to do! I wonder how many times he has got away with it. And how much that is costing everyone in insurance premiums?

Also if they locked the engineer in the building could that be classed as false imprisonment?
Ha what a joke! With that many convictions what is an 18 month community order going to do! I wonder how many times he has got away with it. And how much that is costing everyone in insurance premiums? Also if they locked the engineer in the building could that be classed as false imprisonment? laurence86
  • Score: 7

4:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

whatajoke14 says...

laurence86 wrote:
Ha what a joke! With that many convictions what is an 18 month community order going to do! I wonder how many times he has got away with it. And how much that is costing everyone in insurance premiums?

Also if they locked the engineer in the building could that be classed as false imprisonment?
I've seen his name pop up a few times over the years, each and every time he blames a drug problem ! and clearly learns nothing at all. To do a false imprisonment he would of had to been aware the engineers was in there i guess but i'm not sure on how it works i could be wrong,
[quote][p][bold]laurence86[/bold] wrote: Ha what a joke! With that many convictions what is an 18 month community order going to do! I wonder how many times he has got away with it. And how much that is costing everyone in insurance premiums? Also if they locked the engineer in the building could that be classed as false imprisonment?[/p][/quote]I've seen his name pop up a few times over the years, each and every time he blames a drug problem ! and clearly learns nothing at all. To do a false imprisonment he would of had to been aware the engineers was in there i guess but i'm not sure on how it works i could be wrong, whatajoke14
  • Score: 2

9:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

4rchibald says...

It;s not the first time, Mr Lewis is this newspaper
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It;s not the first time, Mr Lewis is this newspaper http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /10248220.Man_jailed _for_Tadley_home_bur glary_while_owners_w ere_on_Christmas_tri p_to_Lapland/?ref=rs s 4rchibald
  • Score: 1

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