Burglary gang jailed for 16 years - Luton and Flitwick


A gang of young burglars who broke into homes across Luton and Flitwick have been jailed for a total of 16 years.

The gang thought nothing of breaking into homes in the dead of night when families were asleep. People woke up the next morning to find cherished belongings gone, including cars taken off driveways.

On Monday, 21 January 2013, Luke Soffe, Christopher South, Callum Holton, and Paul Dennett appeared at Luton Crown Court to be sentenced for their crimes, which have brought misery to their victims.

Christopher South, 23, of The Grove, Luton, and Luke Soffe, 20, from Lorraine Close, High Wycombe in Bucks, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit dwelling house burglaries.  Paul Dennett, 23, of Dunstable Road, Luton, and Callum Holton, 20, of High Town in Luton, each pleaded to one count of conspiracy to commit dwelling house burglaries.

Adam Pearson prosecuting told the court the two conspiracies related to two burglary sprees.

The first took place on the night of 19/20 April last year and involved Soffe, South and Dennett. That night the trio targeted homes in Waller Avenue and Whipperley Ring. At the Waller Avenue break-in, a car was taken after the gang found the keys to the vehicle.

Shortly afterwards, the three burgled a home in Whipperley Ring as a mother, father and three children slept upstairs. A TV set, bank and credit cards, as well as the family's car were all taken.

That same night the three were responsible for a break-in in High Wycombe, where they were arrested after police stopped them in the car that had been stolen in the Waller Avenue break-in.

The court was told the next burglary spree took place in May of last year and involved South, Soffe, and Holton. This time, homes in Flitwick were targeted and the court heard how there were seven burglaries or attempts at burglary between 18 May and 24 May.

Judge Stuart Bridge jailed Soffe and South each for four and a half years. Dennett was jailed for five years and Holton was jailed for two years. Soffe was banned from driving for 18 months and Holton for two years.

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