Police dogs found teenage burglar and his brother hiding in Leeds Wendy house


A baby-faced burglar who hid in a child’s Wendy house after a high-speed chase was tracked down by police dogs.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 16-year-old and his 24-year-old brother were spotted by the homeowner outside an address in Shadwell following the raid in the early hours of June 27.

The complainant was in bed when he was woken by the sound of smashing glass. He went downstairs and discovered a kitchen window had been broken and his car keys had been taken.

Prosecutor, Helen Chapman said the man heard music coming from his car outside and saw someone in the driver’s seat before shouting: “What the hell are you doing?”

The court heard the car sped off and police became involved in a 15-minute long pursuit.

Miss Chapman said: “In the course of the chase, the Audi was driven around three times the speed limit, the wrong way round a roundabout and on the wrong side of the road. The vehicle mounted a kerb and the front suspension broke and both front tyres burst. Both defendants left the vehicle and made off on foot. They were tracked by police dogs to a Wendy House in a garden in the nearby area.”

The court heard the 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, carried out the burglary a week after being made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order for a previous offence

Mitigating, Ian Cook said: “The significant factor is a reluctance to say no to his older brother who he looked up to, and he had been drinking.

“It looks like this was his older brother’s idea and he went along with it.”

The youth has previous convictions for robbery in 2011 and going equipped for burglary in 2012.

He admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

Judge James Spencer QC made the boy the subject of a 12-month youth rehabilitation order with supervision.

He was also handed a three-month 9pm to 7am electronically tagged curfew order.