Four criminals were caught red-handed stealing computer equipment from Type technologies? North London warehouse by an alert neighbour, who called police and later identified the burglars, the Old Bailey heard.
Mark Baxter, Alan Mullings, Paul McCarroll and his brother Steven McCarroll were chased through streets, houses and parklands between Euston and Marylebone before being arrested in the early hours of 14 February last year.
All the men, except Mullings, escaped from Clerkenwell magistrates court, elbowing a female dock officer to the ground, and sped away in a waiting car. Within a few months of the escape on 11 April last year, the trio were recaptured one by one.
All three men pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody and were sentenced to 12 months in prison, on top of three-year terms for the burglary.
Mullings, 32, received the same three-year term, with an added three months for the theft of a security guard?s wristwatch during the raid.
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