Phone app used to catch Leeds crook

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

A CAREER crook was caught after being found in a stolen car when his victim used a mobile phone app to track him down.

Lee Norton threatened to stab the victim as he was dragged from the vehicle after being caught behind the wheel.

A court heard a couple had their five-bedroom home in Tingley broken into on January 13 this year before their Seat Ibiza car parked outside was stolen.

A mobile phone was also taken and the man who lived at the property used the Find My iPhone app to trace.

The app indicated that the phone was in Barkly Avenue, Beeston. The man drove to the area with his friend and saw Norton driving the stolen car.

The man blocked him in and went to drag Norton from the car but stopped when the stab threat was made.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident was part of a spree of offending committed by Norton between August 2016 and February this year.

Another offence involved Norton breaking into a garage on Lingwell Nook Lane, Lofthouse,

He stole 30 bottles of wine, worth £600, and two sets of skis, worth £500. On December 15 last year he was arrested after being tracked by police dogs to a house in Beeston after he was seen running from a car stolen a day earlier in Rothwell.

Norton, 23, of Waincliffe Place, Beeston, pleaded guilty to burglary, common assault and four offences of taking a motor vehicle without consent.

Ashleigh Metcalfe, mitigating, said Norton had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

Jailing Norton, Recorder Potter said: “You are currently entrenched in a position of committing acquisitive crime after acquisitive crime.

“The sooner you stop it the better.”