A BURGLARY gang who fled from police after a raid on a Co-Op store before being arrested in Saddleworth has been locked up for a total of 16 years.
The four men forced their way into the store in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, before ransacking it and making off in an Audi A3 with a haul of cigarettes.
West Yorkshire Police’s patrol and traffic teams gave chase in a pursuit across the Pennines which also involved the dog unit and police helicopter as the gang were finally caught by Greater Manchester Police officers in Denshaw.
The suspects abandoned their vehicle but were chased and detained by officers nearby.
The men, who are from the Oldham area, have now been jailed for four years each for burglary at Bradford Crown Court.
Peter Clark, 32, Matthew Bowers, 32, Gareth Robinson, 28, and Ryan Stewart, 35, pleaded guilty to the offence on Monday after carrying out the raid on 8 January this year.
At about 11.25pm, three of the men were seen forcing their way into the premise, before searching it and making off with cigarettes.
The fourth man waited outside in an Audi A3 car.
Robinson also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession of a bladed article, while Bower pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle and driving while disqualified. He was also banned from driving for three years.
Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, of Calderdale CID, said: “These men travelled to Hebden Bridge with the sole purpose of causing criminality and causing disruption in our community.
“This investigation highlights how seriously we take reports of burglaries – we will find you and you will be arrested, charged and put through the courts.
“Thanks to our close working with Greater Manchester Police and NPAS, we were able to quickly trace those involved and arrest them on the same night.
“I hope this serves as a warning to others, as well as offering some reassurance to residents and business owners in Calderdale of how seriously we take these types of offences.”