WHEN police stopped a stolen car carrying three men in Hemel Hempstead it led to a chase that ended on a golf course in St Albans.
The trio had been on a late-night burglary spree when they were stopped in Leverstock Green on July 20.
They fled at high speeds in a bid to shake off cops before abandoning the Subaru car on the seventh tee of Batchwood Golf Course.
But officers caught up with the thieves in the rough and recovered the gang’s haul from the break-ins, which targeted newsagents across Herts.
At St Albans Crown Court on Monday, Mohshen Ali, 24, Sujad Uddin, 24, and Lee Edwards, 31, all of Francis Avenue, St Albans, pleaded guilty to five offences of burglary and one offence of attempted burglary.
In addition Uddin who had been the driver that night also pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking. His two co-defendants admitted an offence each of allowing themselves to be carried.
Ali is presently serving a four year jail term imposed in November for another robbery .
He was was jailed for a further 12 months and Uddin and Edwards were each jailed for 18 months.
Passing sentence Judge Plumstead told the gang: “These were burglaries of small shops which are an important and extremely useful asset to communities, typically run by families for a relatively modest living.”