Two people have been sentenced for a number of offences including burglary and aggravated vehicle taking in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes.

James Lake, 39 of no fixed address, and Victoria Brett, 26 of Burnaby Rd, Southend-on-Sea, appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday 18 August.

Lake was convicted of one count of handling stolen goods, two counts of theft, three counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary. He was sentenced to four years and six months in jail.

Brett was convicted of one count of theft, one count of aggravated vehicle taking, and one count of burglary. She was issued with a six and a half month custodial sentence.

The conviction relates to incidents that happened earlier in 2017. Between 2am and 5am on May 18th, a burglary occurred at a bungalow in Luton. The victim’s car keys, car, purse and jewellery were stolen. At about 6.30pm on the same day, the defendants attempted to steal alcohol from Waitrose in Goldington Retail Park, Bedford, whilst using the stolen car.

On May 20th, a member of the public called the police at around 3.55am, reporting a suspicious man trying the neighbour’s door in Westbury Lane, Newport Pagnell. Officers attended and Lake ran from police and got into the stolen car and drove off, with Brett sat in it.

It was then identified that he had also committed two burglaries and two attempted burglaries in Newport Pagnell.
They then drove to a pub in Salford, Milton Keynes, where they burgled a pub, stole alcohol, and then stole number plates from a car parked outside. They then placed the stolen plates on the car to try and avoid arrest and parked by Tesco in Woburn Sands, before taking a taxi back to Luton where they were later arrested.

Both were charged and remanded on May 24th this year. They both pleaded guilty.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Stephanie Mason from Milton Keynes Local CID, said: “Thanks to a thorough investigation, both defendants have now been given a sentence from the courts, which will prevent their offending and ensure they are brought to justice for their offences.”

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