Leeds burglar caught after crash during police chase

Steven Stamp.
Steven Stamp.

AN on-the-run burglar was arrested after he stole a car and caused a crash during a police chase, a court heard.

Steven Stamp, 36, was jailed for three years, two months for a spree of offending during which he broke into a family home and stole sentimental jewellery.

Stamp, of Broadlea Grove, Bramley, Leeds, targeted a house in Harrogate in September last year and stole £800 worth of jewellery including diamond rings. He also stole cash, a passport and cash cards.

Stamp then used the cash cards to pay for goods at two shops shortly after the break-in.

Stamp was arrested and released on bail over the offences but a warrant was issued for him when he went on the run.

On June 17 this year he tried to steal a car in Leeds after breaking into the vehicle and causing £450 worth of damage to the ignition barrel.

Four days later he stole a VW Polo from outside a house on St Michael’s Terrace, Headingley. Stamp was seen in the vehicle on Leeds Road, Bradford, at 1pm later that day.

Officers walked towards the vehicle as Stamp was in traffic but he drove off over a grass verge before driving the wrong way around a roundabout to get away.

He lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a parked motorcycle. Stamp then got out of the car and ran off.

The owner of the motorcycle was in a nearby sandwich shop at the time of the incident and chased after Stamp.

He managed to detain him until police arrived.

Stamp pleaded guilty to burglary, two offences of fraud, attempted theft, aggravated vehicle taking and failing to answer bail.

Andrew Stranex, said Stamp committed the offences after losing his job and returning to heroin use.

Mr Stranex said: “He has shown that when he has structure and when he has assistance he can stay away from offending.”

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