Burglary plot Leeds brothers set for long jail terms

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Three brothers are facing long prison sentences after being convicted of plotting a campaign of burglaries at homes and business premises in Leeds worth £300,000.

Anthony, Jonathan, and Scott Pankhurst and a fourth man, Jamie Covey, were each found guilty of two offences of conspiracy to burgle after a three-week trial at Leeds Crown Court which ended this week,

A jury heard the gang carried out raids on six properties in the city in which high value items, including a luxury car, jewellery and specialist engineering equipment was stolen.

A Porsche 911 was stolen during a raid at a house on Creskeld Lane, Bramhope, on January 12 last year. The vehicle was later found abandoned yards from 34-year-old Covey’s home on Montgomery Avenue, West Park.

The men then broke into a house on Westlea Drive. Moortown, two days later. Neighbours spotted a car belonging to Anthony, 36, in the street at the time of the offence.

The vehicle was seen in the car park of the Vesper Gate pub later that day while Anthony, Jonathan, 34, and Covey were inside.

During the same month they also targeted a house on Ash Cresent, when electrical goods and a safe was stolen, and on St John’s Way, Yeadon.

After the raid in Yeadon, Scott, 30, rang a taxi to pick him up 200 metres from the property.

On February 7 last year they smashed their way into a house on St John’s Road, also in Yeadon, and stole electrical goods, jewellery and prescription medicines. The medicine was later recovered from Anthony’s car when he was arrested.

Days later, during a break-in at a property on Parkstone Mount, Cookridge, a specialist piece of electrical engineering equipment used for testing power in sub stations was stolen. A manual for the equipment was later found in Anthony’s car and contained Jonathan’s fingerprint.

The men were involved in a burglary of commercial premises belonging to Tenet Ltd in Horsforth. Scott was arrested at the scene of the burglary and gloves containing Jonathan’s DNA was also found.

The jury of seven women and five men took more than ten hours to reach the guilty verdicts against each of the men. Anthony, of Lea Farm Road, Hawksworth, Jonathan, of Iveson Drive, Cookridge, Scott, of Latchmere View, Hawksworth, and Covey were remanded in custody until they are sentenced next month.

Judge Neil Clark warned them: “It is inevitable that I am going to have to pass a relatively long sentence.”

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