Three teenage burglars who pretended to be asleep when police found them in bed alongside stolen jewellery are jailed for a total of more than seven years
- Seth Lee, Patrick Casey and Mark Boyce were found guilty at Luton Crown Court
- The boys, all 19, claimed they didn’t know each other when found sharing beds
- Boyce, from Leighton Buzzard, given shorter sentence as returned stolen watch
- A 16-year-old boy was also found guilty but hasn’t been sentenced yet
Three teenage burglars who police found tucked up in bed with stolen jewellery and pretending to be asleep have been jailed for a total of more than seven years.
The boys, who are all 19, also claimed they didn’t know each other when officers questioned them, even though they were sharing two beds at the home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Seth Lee, from Leighton Buzzard, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and Patrick Casey, of no fixed address, was given a 24-month jail term.
Patrick Casey, 19, (left) was given a 24-month jail term and Seth Lee, 19, (right) was sentenced to 40 months in prison after they were found pretending to be asleep with stolen jewellery
Mark Boyce, 19, was jailed for 22 months and received a shorter sentence because he returned a watch stolen in the burglary
Mark Boyce, from Dunstable, was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment.
Boyce received additional credit and a shorter sentence because he returned a watch stolen in the burglary and brought it to the court.
A 16-year-old boy has also been found guilty but he hasn’t been sentenced yet.
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In the early hours of 15 June, police received reports from members of the public of a group of young people acting suspiciously in Leighton Buzzard.
The officers attended the scene and with the support of the National Police Air Support tracked the four teens to a house.
Officers found Boyce, Casey, Lee and the 16-year-old undressed and pretending to be asleep in bed, alongside a large number of items of stolen jewellery.
Speaking after the boys were found guilty at Luton Crown Court (pictured) Detective Constable Andrew Boston said it was one of the more ‘unusual’ cover stories he had heard
Although they were found sharing two beds, they denied knowing one another or having any involvement in the burglary.
Detective Constable Andrew Boston said: ‘This was one of the more unusual cover stories for a group of burglars that I’ve encountered, but unfortunately for them our officers didn’t buy it.
‘Hopefully this will serve as a warning to others who think they are above the law – we are committed to catching anyone who looks to profit from other people’s misery.’
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