Man sent to young offenders' institute for burglary - Luton

26/02/2016

A young Luton burglar has today, Friday, 26 February 2016, been been sent to a young offenders' institute for a year after he and a teenage boy broke into a house in the town.

Ladean Lee, aged 20, and the 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into the property in Charles Street, Luton in the early hours of 21 July last year.

Luton Crown Court was told that it was a neighbour who saw the pair trying to get into the property. On getting into the house, which was unoccupied at the time, the burglars managed to lock a pet dog in the kitchen while a messy search of the house got underway. Stolen in the break-in were two suitcases which were used to carry away more property, including an Xbox, Xbox games, DVDs, a safe and jewellery.

The court heard that by the time the police got to the house the offenders had made off, but the 15-year-old was quickly located and a police dog tracked down Lee and he was arrested.

Lee of Ridgway Road, Luton appeared for sentence having been convicted of the burglary. He had claimed at his trial that he had not been responsible for the break-in and said he had been invited to buy items taken in the burglary. It was an account the jury rejected and he was found guilty of burgling the property.

He was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institute and told that on his release he will be on supervision for 12 months.

The 15-year-old boy was sentenced in January to 3 months supervision and was placed on a 3 month curfew from 7pm-7am.

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