A burglar who was chased by the Humberside Police helicopter after stealing a car from a secluded farmhouse has been jailed for two years.
27-year-old Callum Wilson was followed by the force helicopter after police were alerted by a tracking device in the Mercedes car which was stolen from an isolated property in Osgodby, near Market Rasen.
Lincoln Crown Court heard the vehicle was taken during a classic ‘Hanoi style burglary’ in which Wilson gained entry to the house while the occupiers slept and quickly fled with the car keys.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Wilson also took a handbag from the lounge before fleeing the house but left behind some jewellery which was on show.
“Essentially this was a quick in and out burglary to get the car keys,” Mr Howes told the court. “Entry was gained through an unsecured patio door.”
By the time the occupiers realised they had been burgled the following morning Wilson had changed the number plates on the car - but a tracking device fitted inside allowed police to locate it in the North Cotes area.
Mr Howes added: “The car was tracked by the Humberside Police helicopter from North Cotes to Grainthorpe and Marshchapel where it was chased by a police car.
“When it was eventually stopped Wilson was found to be the driver.”
Inquiries showed the number plates on the Mercedes had been stolen from a garage in Winterton.
The court heard Wilson had 16 previous convictions for 47 offences, including two other dwelling burglaries, and had never passed a driving test. The court was told he had already spent 131 days in custody.
Wilson, formerly of Rutland Street, Grimsby, admitted two charges of theft, burglary, driving with no insurance and careless driving on 24 March, last year.
Passing sentence Recorder David Mason QC warned Wilson that another house burglary on his record would lead to a very long sentence.
Recorder Mason told Wilson: “Burgling somebody’s house at night, particularly in a secluded area, is obviously a very serious matter.
“The house was occupied, fortunately they did not realize they were being burgled at the time, but they soon realized when they got up the next morning.”
Wilson was jailed for two years and disqualified from driving for 12 months.