Gang of teenage burglars caught after they kicked down door of West Yorkshire home and stole motorbike

Three teenage burglars who travelled to steal a motorbike from a home have avoided being locked up.

By Nick Frame
Tuesday, 21st December 2021, 11:45 am

Kain Batty, Robin Stray and Romy Davis kicked in the side door of the house on Orchard Head Crescent, Pontefract, at around 2am on August 9, 2019.

Leeds Crown Court heard a resident of the property, who was on her own, was woken by the repeated kicks and was left terrified.

Jemima Stephenson, prosecuting, said the woman then saw three men walking away from the house minutes later pushing her son's motorbike.

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Leeds Crown Court.

He had bought the Honda CRF machine around round three weeks earlier for £2,600.

However, he and his father had been returning from a fishing trip when they also saw the three men walking along the street.

Realising it was his bike, he got out of his van and chased the three men who dropped the bike and ran.

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The police, alerted by the lone female in the house, quickly found the three men in a white van a short time later.

Officers also found face coverings, crowbars and a bike helmet in the vehicle.

Batty gave no comment during his interview.

Stray and Davis denied any involvement in the break in.

Stray and Davis have no previous convictions, while Batty has several including burglary, affray, taking a vehicle without the owner's consent and driving while banned.

Batty admitted a charge of burglary. Stray and Davis were found guilty of the offence after a trial.

Jessica Butterell, mitigating for Davis, said that her client was 19 at the time and had not been in trouble before or since.

She said he now had his own car recovery business and that his behaviour was "out of character".

Khadim Al’Hassan, for Stray, said his client had done a "tremendous amount of growing up" since the offence.

Judge Simon Phillips QC said: "This was a targeted burglary, you knew where you were going and what you were going for.

"You kicked the door off its frame and you stole a valuable off-road bike.

"You were prepared to break into that address and you were operating as a group."

Batty, 21, of Hawfield Close, Doncaster, was given a 22-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £1,000 compensation.

Davis, 22, of Sandal Park Drive, Doncaster, was given 24 months' jail, suspended for 18 months, 100 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £1,000 compensation.

Stray, 21, of Mulberry Way, Doncaster, was also given 24 months' jail, suspended for 18 months, 100 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £1,000 compensation.