Dummy iPad burglar jailed - Dunstable


Burglar Shane Reyland smashed his way into a Dunstable shop and snatched an iPad only to discover it was a dummy.

The 36-year-old, who has a long history of committing domestic and commercial burglaries, broke the glass at the front of the 3 Store in The Quadrant and clambered through the gap, Luton Crown Court heard on Monday, 01 June 2015.

Prosecutor Sean Sullivan said he took the model of an iPad 4 from a display and tried to steal other items, but without success. There was also damage to the fire exit, indicating he had first tried to break in through the rear of the shop.

Blood left on the display mount matched Reyland's DNA. He was arrested and said he must have been in the store earlier when it was open and cut himself.

Reyland, of Viceroy Court, High Street South, Dunstable, appeared for sentence via a video link from Bedford jail. He was found guilty to burgling the shop just before 3am on Saturday, 31 May last year at an earlier hearing.

He admitted being in breach of a 3-year Community Order that had been passed in an attempt to get him off drugs and away from crime. He had completed 260 hours' unpaid work and had abided by a six-month curfew, but had failed to abide by other conditions.

Daniel Darnborough, defending, said it was a great shame that Reyland had failed the Integrated Offender Management Programme. He said his initial problem was heroin but recently he had developed an addiction to prescription medication. He said he was trying to improve himself so he can become a better father to his young daughter.

Judge Philip Bartle QC jailed him for 2 years for breaching the Community Order with a further 9 months for the burglary saying: "I must impose a consecutive sentence."

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