Burglar behind bars after break-in caught on camera

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A burglar has been jailed for more than two years after his break-in at a Bedford home was caught on camera.

Daddy Smith, 27, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court this week after pleading guilty to the offence which took place on May 10.

The court heard Smith forced entry to a house in Shakespeare Road at around 7am that morning,

He looked directly into a CCTV camera in the garden of a property as he turned it from view, before breaking in to the home and making off with three handbags and their contents from the kitchen.

The victim was in his home at the time and was startled by a loud bang. He then saw Smith riding away with his haul on a pushbike.

The homeowner had installed CCTV outside the property following a previous crime, meaning Smith was captured clearly on video before he obscured the lens.

He was recognised by investigating officer Detective Constable Jason Wheeler and later arrested.

Smith was jailed for two years and four months, with a further offence of burglary kept on his file.

DC Wheeler said: “This is yet another fantastic result for burglary offences in court, and will serve to show criminal factions of society that their actions will not be tolerated.

“Daddy Smith has received a hefty sentence for this crime which will mean he is no longer free to take the hard-earned privileges of others as he pleases.

“I am particularly glad that this repeat victim of crime has seen justice done. All crime is hugely distressing for those involved, and we endeavour to work closely with victims to provide reassurance and advice after their ordeal.”