This is the moment police find a burglar trying to hide in a bedroom cupboard wearing just his underpants after going on the run following a failed attempt to steal cigarettes from a shop.
Blundering Ashley Bowen, 29, of Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for 30 months for breaking into a Co-op store in Endon using an angle grinder on 3 December last year with an unknown accomplice.
After more than a month on the run, police body cam footage shows officers opening the door to reveal Bowen trying to cover himself with a coat.
Ashley Bowden, 29, of Stoke-on-Trent, has been jailed for 30 months after a failed break-in
Bowen was found by police hiding in a bedroom cupboard wearing only his underpants
The crook crowbarred into the store in Endon, Staffordshire, just before midnight on December 3 last year, a court heard.
After numerous failed attempts, he returned a short while later with an angle grinder but still failed to open it. Bowen then attempted to attack an ATM machine within the store with the angle grinder but still failed.
He left empty handed but caused substantial damage in the store.
Bowen went on the run from police for over a month but was rumbled and arrested when officers found him hiding in a cupboard in an address on Winchester Avenue in Bentilee on 18 January.
Detective Constable David Stubbs, from force CID, said: ‘Bowen persisted in his efforts to get cigarettes from the store but we persisted in our efforts to catch him.
‘Those who commit crime will be brought to justice.’
Bowen was on the run for around a month before he was apprehend by police in Bentilee
Bodycam footage from the arresting officers show Bowen being led away in his underpants
Bowen, of Stockington Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent crown court on May 11 after pleading guilty to assault by beating, damaging property, burglary, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance on May 28 2019.
He was also sentenced after pleading guilty to obstructing a police officer on January 18.
He was jailed for 18 months for the burglary on December 3 and two months for damaging property.
He was also jailed for 10 months for dangerous driving in connection with a separate offence.
He was also disqualified from driving for 27 months and ordered to take an extended driving test.
Source: Daily Mail – Articles