Graham Smith, of Park Street, Luton pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud offences in connection to three break ins following a successful investigation by Bedfordshire Police.
Between 16th and 19th January 2020, Smith, 45, broke into three properties in Surrey Street, Leyhill Drive and Rutland Crescent. He stole various items including a car, bank cards, electronic items and jewellery.
Bedfordshire Police’s dedicated burglary team, Operation ‘Maze’, collated such strong evidence against the thief, that it led to Smith pleading guilty to the offences.
Using the ‘track my phone’ app, two victims were able to attribute stolen goods to Smith. CCTV footage also linked him to a stolen vehicle and fraudulent card usages from the burglaries.
On March 3rd at Luton Crown Court, Smith was jailed for three years and nine months for three counts of burglary and three counts of fraud by false representation.
Detective Constable Andy Boston, from the Operation Maze team, said:
“Smith is a prolific offender within Bedfordshire and targeted three properties in only three days and stole a number of valuable items. His actions have caused misery to his victims and caused the loss of property the families worked hard for. Actions, such as his, will not be tolerated.
“Burglary has a tremendous impact on the victim, apart from financial loss, it also affects the victim’s sense of security in their own home, something Smith had no consideration for.
“Hopefully this sentence will serve as a warning to anyone who causes misery in our communities for their own personal gain. This will not be tolerated within Bedfordshire and our Operation Maze team will bring those identified to justice.”
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