Man, 26, makes off from officers in car stolen from Heathrow airport
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In footage released by Northamptonshire Police today (June 20), viewers can see the moment Adam Masood sped away from officers in a stolen Range Rover.
Masood, aged 21, of Goldhawk Road, London, worked for a company at Heathrow Airport in which holiday-makers could drop their cars off before going abroad.
However, in the early hours of June 6, 2022, Masood drove one of the cars – a Range Rover, to Northampton.
As the car was driven up and down Bridge Street, officers working on the night-time economy noticed that although the registered driver of the car was a person in their 50s from Devon and Cornwall, the man driving it – Masood, was a lot younger than that.
But when officers approached the vehicle and asked Masood to turn the engine off so they could make some enquiries, he sped off, hitting two parked cars in the process.
CCTV followed the car to Castilian Street and Masood was recognised by PC Sean Whelan as the driver who had made off from him. He was arrested and subsequently charged.
At Northampton Crown Court on March 6, 2023, he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for a police officer, and driving without insurance.
He returned to the same court this month (June 9) and was sentenced to a 12-month community order during which he must attend 30 rehabilitation requirement days and carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to the owner of the stolen Range Rover.
During the investigation, the owners of the vehicle were contacted. They had left the car with a ‘meet and greet” service called Skylink which they had booked through Mobit Airport Parking and were in the United States of America when their car was taken without permission by another person and then driven by Masood.
Neither Skylink nor Mobit Airport Parking cooperated with the police investigation.
PC Sean Whelan, who had his fingers trapped in the vehicle when Masood drove off said: “I am really glad we managed to bring Masood to court for this offence as his driving that night was reckless, damaged innocent members of the public’s cars, and could have had even more serious consequences had he ran into a pedestrian.
“When you go on holiday, you want to do so with peace of mind, and having your car driven around without your permission is not conducive to a relaxing break. I am glad that we were able to get justice for the car owners and hope this case demonstrates that coming into Northamptonshire after you’ve committed a crime is not wise.”
A second man convicted in connection with this case will be sentenced on June 23, 2023.