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House burglar from High Wycombe sent to prison
A BURGLAR has been jailed for four and a half years for his part in a spate of break-ins carried out while his victims were asleep.
Luke Soffe was part of a gang that carried out a total of ten nighttime burglaries or attempted burglaries in Luton, Flitwick and Hazlemere in April and May.
The 20-year-old, of Lorraine Close, High Wycombe, was initially arrested by police on April 19 after officers in Hazlemere stopped him in a car that had been stolen from a house in Luton earlier the same night.
He and 23-year-old co-defendants Christopher South and Paul Dennett were pulled over after their third attempted burglary of the night in Wellfield.
But Soffe and South, of The Grove, Luton, went on to offend again in May as the pair were joined by 20-year-old Callum Holton in a spree of seven burglaries and attempted burglaries carried out in Flitwick in the space of a single week.
All of their victims were asleep when the offences were carried out.
Soffe and South both pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit dwelling house burglaries during a hearing at Luton Crown Court. Dennett, of Dunstable Road, Luton, and Holton, of High Town, Luton, both admitted one count of the same charge.
Soffe was put behind bars for four and a half years and given an 18 month driving ban by Judge Stuart Bridge. South received the same jail term, with Dennett being caged for five years and Holton for two.
Detective Inspector Paul Baron of Bedfordshire Police said: "These men have admitted their guilt and received significant sentences as a result, for which we are pleased.
"I hope that seeing them brought to justice will go some way to alleviate the anguish and fear felt by their victims whose personal sanctuary was breached the night they broke in and stole from them."