Bleeping smart phone leads police to burglar - Bedford

12/03/2013

A bleeping stolen iPhone led the police to burglar Anthony Luciano-Persaud who was sitting in a car he had stolen that night.

Luciano-Persaud, 29, from Milton Keynes had broken into a house in Shortstown, near Bedford and was chased off by the home owner in the early hours of the morning.

When the victim, Christoper Barber, saw that his iPhone 4 had been stolen, he called the police and the tracking device inside the phone was set off.

Officers on patrol a short while later in Pickering Drive, Bedford heard the phone beeping from a Vauxhall Tigra.

Luciano-Persaud got out and tried to hide the mobile under a pile of leaves. He crouched behind the car, but was arrested after a struggle, Luton Crown Court heard today, Tuesday, 12 March 2013.

Claudette Elliott prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he carried out his first burglary that night in the early hours of the morning at Marigold Way, Bedford by breaking in through a UPVC door. He stole car keys, cigarettes and a tobacco tin and drove off in the Vauxhall Tigra that was parked on the drive.

He took the car to North Drive in Shortstown where, at about ten past three in the morning, he stole a Packard Bell laptop, the iPhone4 and a wallet. He woke the man who lived in the house, who shouted: "Get out. I am calling the police." He chased Luciano-Persaud out and saw him disappear in the car.

Mr Barber called the police, said the prosecutor, and they were able to activate the alarm on the iPhone. At ten to five in the morning officers on patrol heard the beeping noise and arrested Lucian-Persaud. He struggled with the officers saying he was not a burglar.

Luciano-Persaud of Abells Close, Walton, Milton Keynes pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary on 07 January this year and to stealing the car on the same night. He had 23 previous convictions for 45 offences including two burglaries.

Silpa Mistry, defending, said he had been caught "thanks to the wonders of technology." She said Luciano-Persaud had no explanation as to why he had committed the offences.

Judge Laura Harris jailed him for 30 months saying: "If you carry on like this you will find youself spending longer and longer periods of your life in prison. I suggest you have a serious think about your life while you are serving your sentence."

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