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WATCH: Police catch Bradford burglars hiding up tree

Thermal images Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Watch the moment police caught three burglars, after two were found hiding in a tree and the third was detained by a police dog.

Around twenty officers were involved in the chase, hunting down the trio who had just burgled properties in a village near to Harrogate.

Detectives say Abraham Fox, 28, Ross Sutcliffe, 29, and 48 year-old William Lowther fled on foot before being spotted by police helicopters which had on-board thermal imaging cameras.

This footage released by North Yorkshire Police shows the moment Lowther is caught just four miles from the burglaries by a Police Dog team hiding under a barrier.

A short distance away it shows Fox and Sutcliffe’s arrest, after being caught hiding up a tree in fields next to the A1 having discarded their shoes. 48-year-old Lowther was found with a balaclava, a pair of gloves and two torches whilst discarded shoes and coats were found by the police dog shortly after.

All three were arrested and appeared before the courts where they each pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.

Commenting on the sentence Police Investigator Pam Luettke of North Yorkshire Police’s Investigation Hub said:

Waking up in the middle of the night to see people outside your home wearing balaclavas must be one of the most terrifying ordeals you can imagine. Unfortunately, we see all too often the distressing and long-lasting impact being burgled can have on victims

“These criminals thought that by fleeing and discarding their shoes they’d be able to get away with their crimes but they were no match for our officers that morning, not least our police dogs and police helicopter who quickly hunted them out and the investigation team who pulled the case together to put them before the courts.

“These were organised attacks on hardworking people and whilst they admitting their guilt, the gang displayed no sense of shame for what they did and remained unapologetic throughout for the distress they caused. It is very satisfying to know that justice has been served for the victims and that Lowther, Fox and Sutcliffe are now behind bars.”

– Police Investigator, Pam Luettke