Burglar who broke into Stotfold house gets three years

Burglar Deon Anderson, 25, of Cooper Drive in Leighton Buzzard, has been jailed for three years. Picture: Bedfordshire Police

Burglar Deon Anderson, 25, of Cooper Drive in Leighton Buzzard, has been jailed for three years. Picture: Bedfordshire Police

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A 26-year-old burglar who was found guilty of breaking into a house in Stotfold has today been jailed.

Burglar Stanley Wood, who was jailed for five years in December. Picture: Bedfordshire Police Burglar Stanley Wood, who was jailed for five years in December. Picture: Bedfordshire Police

Deon Anderson, 26, of Cooper Drive in Leighton Buzzard, was sentenced to three years behind bars by Judge Sean Enright at Peterborough Crown Court.

Anderson is the third person sentenced in relation to the burglary, following Letchworth man Danny Braybrooks, 27 – who received an 18-month suspended sentence in October 2016 after admitting burglary and dangerous driving – and 28-year-old Stanley Wood, of Oatfield Gardens in Leighton Buzzard, who was jailed for five years in December 2017 after being found guilty.

The burglars smashed in through the back door of a house in Stotfold’s Campion Avenue in July 2016.

They ransacked the property and made off with a haul including two Apple MacBooks, two iPhones and several items of jewellery.

Wood was captured on CCTV buying a crowbar shortly before the burglary.

Later on the day of the crime, a car that had been seen in the area at the time of the burglary failed to stop for police in Baldock.

After a short chase, a police search of the car uncovered several of the items stolen from the house – including a bag with the victim’s name on it.

Det Con Surinder Ram, who investigated the crime, said: “We are pleased that another burglar has been put behind bars.

“This case is an excellent example that we are dedicated to tackling burglary and bringing offenders to justice.

“We hope that this court case will serve as a deterrent to others who think it’s acceptable to break into people’s houses and steal from them.”

Bedfordshire Police provides the following anti-burglary advice:

• Make your house look lived-in – burglars won’t be tempted by a full house.

• Lock up when you leave – make sure all and windows on your house, vehicle and garages or sheds are securely locked.

• Keep valuables out of sight – keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops left in view can entice opportunist thieves.

• Don’t give crooks an easy entry – never leave keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot.

• Look out for neighbours – ask a friend to keep an eye on your house if you go away, and do the same for neighbours.

Call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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