Mosque burglar jailed - Bedford

11/05/2012

Members of a mosque in Bedford caught burglar Michael Greco in the grounds outside following a night time vigil.

They detained him until police arrived and it was discovered that he was armed with implements for burglary, including a torch, screwdriver and gloves.

After his arrest, Luton Crown Court was told that Greco decided to come clean about a whole series of break-ins he had committed and took officers on a guided tour of his crimes.

As a result Greco, 38, of Bedford Road, Kempston, was jailed for 18-months on Friday, 11 May 2012 after pleading guilty to two offences of burglary and going equipped for theft. He asked for 11 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Simon Wiltshire for the Crown Prosecution Service said it was because of previous break-ins that members of the mosque in Ford End Road were keeping a guard on the premises in the early hours of 31 March this year.

They didn't have to wait long before Greco turned up in the grounds and they detained him until police arrived.

He told police he had been committing brea-ins for around eight weeks.

Mr Wiltshire said one burglary was committed on a house in Hill Grounds Road, Kempston while the occupants were away on honeymoon. In that break-in, Greco had taken electrical items.

The court was told the offences to be considered were all break-ins on non dwelling houses such as churches, businesses and mosques.

Stuart Sprawson defending said Greco's guided tour for police of crimes he had committed "was the act of a man showing clear remorse." He said Greco's girlfriend was expecting their first child, which is due in September.

Recorder Gabrielle Posner jailed him for 18-months.

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