Leeds burglars caught thanks to dash cam footage

Joshua Sharp (right) and Ashley Giles (left).

Joshua Sharp (right) and Ashley Giles (left).

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TWO burglars were caught after their conversation was recorded on the dash cam of a car they stole after targeting a house in Leeds.

Joshua Sharp and Ashley Giles were returned to prison after a court heard they burgled two homes in the city in search of high value vehicles and property.

Andrew Horton, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how Giles, Sharp and a third man stole a VW Golf from outside a house on Park Wood Road, Beeston, on the night of February 4 last year.

The burglars had managed to get into the house as the owner had left the door unlocked before going to bed.

Car keys and a handbag were taken from the property.

The vehicle was later found by police and a memory card from the dash cam was recovered. Footage of the car being driven away by the burglars was found and they were recorded referring to each by their first names. Sharp and Giles also broke into a house on Eshald Place, Woodlesford, the following evening. The owner awoke to find the door lock had been broken and her Nissan Qashqai, worth £12,000, had been taken. A handbag containing cash and a lap top had also been taken. Sharp, Giles and the third man were arrested at a property on Dewsbury Road, Beeston. Giles was staying at that address after recently being released from prison on licence.

Items stolen in the burglaries were found in the property. The two stolen vehicles were parked nearby.

Giles, of Dewsbury Road, Beeston and Sharp, of St Luke’s Green, Beeston, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and two of vehicle theft. Both have previous convictions for burglary. Giles was jailed for three years and Sharp for two years, four months.

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