Peterborough burglar jailed for three and a half years

Luke O'Dell
Luke O'Dell
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A Peterborough burglar has been jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of breaking into a house and using a stolen card.

Luke O’Dell (24) broke into the home in Lavington Grange, Parnwell, while the occupier was away working a night shift.

After ransacking the house, he stole a bank card, which was later used to withdraw £800.

Yesterday O’Dell, of Crowhurst, Peterborough, was jailed for 42 months yesterday (Thursday) after he was found guilty of burglary and four counts of fraud at a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Charles Digby, prosecuting, told the court the burglary happened on March 13 this year.

He said: “A window was smashed to get into the home, and the bed was pulled out, and the drawers were also pulled out during a search.

“There was a degree of planning, as the house was targeted because the occupier was working nights.”

He told the court while £800 was taken from the victim’s account, attempts had been made to take a further £1450 out using the card.

Mr Digby said O’Dell had a string of previous convictions dating back a number of years - including another house burglary when the crook was just 13 years old.

Lawrence Bruce, defending, said drug addiction was at the heart of the offending, and O’Dell was trying to battle the problem.

He said: “He has a number of certificates showing the progress he has made with his addiction while in prison on remand waiting this sentence.

“There is no clear evidence of planning of this offence.”

Mr Bruce added there was no evidence of him using the cards, saying others had - however he conceded O’Dell had stolen the card.

But Judge Tina Lansdale, sentencing, said: “You are only 24-years-old. You have been to custody before, because you have a terrible record, including burglary.

“This was a serious offence.

“It involved significant planning, driving to the area and sourcing the property.

“The card was taken and milked for all it was worth.

“You have expressed a desire to put drugs behind you, and that is very much to your credit.”

O’Dell was given a 42 month sentence for the burglary, with a two month sentence for each fraud count, to be served concurrently.

O’Dell’s co-defendant, Matthew Grummitt (26) of Meadenvale, Peterborough, was given a community order for the fraud offences. The 12 month order included 25 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement.