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Shillington man jailed following string of burglaries

16 May 2019

A serial burglar who targeted churches, business premises and a veterinary surgery has been jailed.

Lee Meeley, 39, of Vicarage Close, Shillington, pleaded guilty to eight offences in Luton between 9 January and 24 March.

Over the 10 weeks Meeley was able to steal items including a digital camera, laptop, games console, television and a sound system worth around £5,000.

During one break-in, Meeley stole food that had been donated for a food bank.

Meeley, who also broke into one residential address, gained access by smashing doors and windows, often leaving blood at the scenes of the crime.

At one of the churches he targeted, Meeley smashed a stained glass window to gain access, causing around £1,500 of damage.

Meeley’s blood was used to link him to a number of the offences, while CCTV also placed him at the scene of a number of the incidents.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of burglary non-dwelling and one count of burglary dwelling. Meeley has also admitted a further 12 offences within the county, many of which also targeted religious buildings, which were taken into consideration by the court.

At Luton Crown Court on Tuesday, Meeley was sentenced to 12 months in prison.


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