Career burglar back in jail over Leeds car chase

Graham Adair.
Graham Adair.
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A career burglar who broke into a house in Leeds before stealing a £15,000 car and taking it on a high speed police chase has been returned to prison.

Graham Adair, 37, was jailed for six and a half years after a judge told him he had one of the worst records for burglary and car crime he had ever seen.

Adair had been out of prison for just six weeks when he broke into a house on Temple Gate Avenue, Halton, in the early hours of July 11 this year.


The owners of the house awoke to find a conservatory window had been forced open. A handbag, mobile phones and the keys to a £15,000 VW Phaeton had been taken. Adair took it from outside the property and was spotted at the wheel of the vehicle by police on Sutherland Avenue, Roundhay, later the same morning.

Adair sped away and reached speeds of more than 100mph on Easterly Road.

He drove the wrong way around two roundabouts and reached 80mph as he drove past St James’s Hospital despite having a flat tyre.

Adair eventually crashed into a speed sign as he lost control of the vehicle. He was arrested and one of the stolen mobile phones was phone in his pocket. His finger print was later found at the scene of the burglary. Adair, of Clifton Mount, Burmantofts, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Leeds Crown Court heard Adair has 15 previous convictions for house burglary and five for dangerous driving.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “It does not need me to tell you that you have one of the worst criminal records I have ever seen for offences of burglary and dangerous driving. You are a career burglar.

“Your next burglary is likely to be committed within days of being released from the sentence I impose.”

Detective Inspector Neil Thompson, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “Adair has an appallingly long record of breaking into people’s homes, and it is important that we recognise that behind every one of those numbers is someone who has suffered the indignity of having their home invaded and their possessions stolen.

“He was caught and brought to justice as a direct result of positive, proactive police work and Leeds is definitely now a safer place without him on the streets. Burglary remains a top priority for the police in Leeds and we will continue to do all we can to target offenders like Adair who think they can commit crime without having to face the consequences.”