Burglar who stole nothing jailed - Luton

20/03/2015

A burglar, who ransacked a house, but then stole nothing because he thought better of it, has been jailed.

Delroy Walcott, aged 52, broke into the house in Argyll Avenue, Luton, when he was under a suspended sentence for a previous break-in. His determined effort involved removing a security light and CCTV camera, and smashing open internal doors that were locked, said prosecutor, Wayne Cleaver. Inside there was a messy search of all the rooms, but nothing was taken.

When Walcott was questioned he told police that he thought when he was inside the house that he did not need to be doing it and left. He said he wanted to apologise for what he had done.

Recorder Jeremy Johnson QC told Walcott at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 20 March 2015: "In the end you did not steal anything, but that does not annul the gross invasion of that family's home and the distress that inevitably caused."

Walcott, of Turnpike Drive, Luton, pleaded guilty to the burglary committed on 26 January this year and also admitted to being in breach of a 12-month suspended prison sentence for a previous burglary. He was jailed for 12 months.

Charles Judge, defending said: "This was foolish in the extreme. It was committed after there had been a difficulty in his domestic life and he had moved out. That difficulty has been resolved and his family are standing by him."

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