Prolific criminal jailed for 40 months - Luton

25/03/2013

A prolific criminal who had been given the chance to get off drugs and stop offending was jailed for 40 months on Monday 25 March, after burgling again.

Jamie Peck, 34, was involved in a break-in, with others, at a house in Arlesey Road, Stotfold on January 31 this year in which £710 cash and jewellery were stolen.

He had also made a security guard in Boots in Bedford fear racial violence on 8 October last year when he verbally abused him. The guard had followed Peck around the store and stopped him when he had placed a box on a display unit.

Peck, from Rectory Court, Sandy had been given a 3 year Community Order last year after admitting 133 offences - 13 were burglaries of peoples' homes, 54 were other commercial burglaries and 48 were thefts. He was placed on the Integrated Offender Management programme with the aim of keeping him off drugs and steering him away from crime.

But the burglary in Stotfold and the confrontation in Bedford put him in breach of the order and he appeared at Luton crown court to be sentenced for all the offences.

Prosecutor George Heimler gave details of three burglaries Peck had committed which resulted in him receiving the Community Order. In April 2011 Peck had broken into a 3-bedroom bungalow in Eastcote Road, Bedford in which a laptop worth £1600 was stolen.

In June 2010 he burgled a 4 bedroom detached house in Moutbatten Drive, Biggleswade, where jewellery and laptop, worth £500 were taken. Jewellery and a laptop worth in total £1200 were stolen from an end of terrace house in Abbey Grove, Sandy in June 2011.

Three thefts were also outlined: shoplifting meat from Iceland in Biggleswade and stealing baby goods and washing powder from Spar in Biggleswade in July 2011.

Peck had previous convictions going back to when he was 18 for burglary, criminal damage, driving offences and assault on the police.

Derek Johashen, defending, said Peck had made efforts to combat his drug addiction. He said that by committing the latest offences Peck recognised he had let the judge down as well as others.

Jailing him, Judge Michael Baker QC said: "Your problem is you haven't got clear from you old associates who have fed you drugs and sought payment for them. You have lost a very good opportunity."

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