Persistent charity burglar jailed - Bedford


Burglar Sean Griffin targeted a Bedford charity, not once but twice, and may also have burgled it five years ago.

A Judge said had Griffin only raided the Bedford Garden Carers office once, it may be the court would have spared him custody and offered him help. But Judge Michael Kay QC added: "However you had the audacity to go back there when you were on bail and try to burgle it again."

He jailed the 25-year-old for eight months for the first burglary with 12 months consecutive for the later attempted burglary meaning Griffin, of Battison Street, Bedford will serve a 20-month sentence.

He pleaded guilty to the two charges at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 10 July 2015.

Michael Attenborough, prosecuting, said the centre in Brereton Road, Bedford, was broken into after it had closed on Friday, 13 March. The burglar interfered with the CCTV camera, damaged doors and windows to get in, and stole various items including a laptop.

Griffin's blood was found on a door and he was questioned on 08 April.  He denied the offence claiming the blood must have got there when he burgled it five years before.

On 23 April he again tried, but failed, to get into the centre, which trains adults with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. This time he left a sock behind with his DNA on and he was re-arrested.

Stephen Moore, defending said: "These offences were not well thought out. He was drunk at the time and thought it was a garden centre. He is desperate to turn his life around."

Judge Kay said Griffin's account that he thought it was a garden centre was "ludicrous."

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