Burglar jailed for stealing cars - Harpenden and Luton

13/01/2017

A burglar was jailed for four and half years today, Friday, 13 January 2017, after getting away with two cars from homes in Harpenden and Luton.

Michael Towers, who has spent 15 of the past 17 years in custody, had been free from jail for a month when he and others were involved in a night-time break-in at a house in Salisbury Road, Harpenden.

Luton Crown Court heard that a handbag belonging to the daughter of the house was stolen while she attended an event in the town. At night, on Sunday, 12 July 2015, the house was burgled using keys found in the handbag. Two Apple Macs were stolen along with the keys to a red Mini. CCTV showed the car being driven off in a convoy with another containing other burglars. One of the computers, belonging to the home owner, contained her studies from the Open University, going back to 2009. All her work was lost.

Towers was arrested, but while out on bail, burgled the second home in Dunstable Road, Luton.

Prosecutor Stephen Mather said a handbag and car keys to a Vauxhall Corsa were taking on the night of 28 August 2015. A knife, belonging to Towers, was found later in the car port at the property.

Towers, aged 30, of Marley Road, Luton appeared for sentence having admitted two burglaries, two thefts and having a knife. He had previous convictions for burglaries in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Minal Raj, defending, said Towers expressed his remorse and had written to his victims to apologise. "Of the last 17 years, he has spent 15 in custody. He comes from a travelling community with a large number of siblings and has had a fractured upbringing," she said.

Referring to the Harpenden break-in, Judge Lynn Tayton QC told Towers: "The victim has been affected psychologically. She now feels vulnerable in her own home." She sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment for the burglaries and 2 years for the thefts, all to run concurrently. He received an extra 6 months for having the knife.

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