[T]HREE criminals involved in an audacious bid to burgle a Kendal motorcycle dealership have been jailed.
Carlisle Crown Court heard the ultimately botched attempt to steal high value bikes from Triple D Motorsport occurred during the night of June 29.
Sophisticated tools were used to saw through a fire door and cut through security gate, while a CCTV camera was covered and the main power supply cut. A ladder was also found by police who attended the Mintsfeet industrial estate site after the alarm was twice triggered, and a van – since unclaimed – was located nearby.
John Alan Peart, 44, Billy-joe Young, 33, and 36-year-old David Martin Ainsworth tried to hide as officers arrived, but were detained after a chase.
Damage of almost £5,000 was caused to the business along with “considerable disruption”.
All three Lancashire-based men admitted a charge of burglary with intent to steal, and were sentenced today (FRI).
The court heard their crime had been expertly planned and resourced, but “incompetently executed”.
Heavily-convicted Ainsworth, of Mill Street, Padiham, was jailed for two years. Peart, of Duncan Square, and Young, of Union Road, both Oswaldtwistle, received immediate 18-month terms.
“That you were seeking to get these items (bikes) seems to me beyond doubt,” the trio were told by Recorder John Corless.