Prolific burglar jailed after admitting crime spree
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A 43-year-old man has been jailed after pleading guilty to a string of residential burglaries and fraud offences in Northampton at an earlier court hearing in July.
Leon Glasgow of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Friday, August 7, to three years and four months after admitting to a total of 12 offences.
Glasgow was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, in Argyle Street by officers from the West Local Policing Area’s dedicated Burglary Team, who were carrying out patrols in response to the spike in break-ins.
The officers stopped Glasgow after recognising the distinctive coat he was wearing as an item stolen from one of the burglaries. Other stolen items – jewellery and an iPad – were also recovered.
The court heard that between June 18 and July 7 this year, Glasgow committed the six residential burglaries, one attempted break-in and five related frauds, to fund his £100 a day drug habit.
On June 18, he burgled a house in Fir Tree Walk in Westone, stealing a bank card, PlayStation 4, iPad, Superdry coat and cosmetics. On the same day, he used a stolen bank card five times to purchase goods to a combined value of £130.69.
Glasgow targeted a home in The Lawns, Duston, on June 30, stealing a specialised mountain bike, before committing four burglaries and one attempted burglary in the space of four days.
On July 4, he stole bottles of alcohol from an address in Holyrood Road, Duston, before the following day, stealing a camera, Amazon fire tablet and jewellery from a house in Harlestone Road, Duston.
His crime-spree continued on July 6, when he burgled two more homes - one in Bants Lane, Duston, where he stole jewellery, an iPad, North Face backpack and some currency, while a purse and iPad were stolen from a house in The Avenue, Dallington.
On July 7, Glasgow attempted to burgle another home in Harlestone Road, Duston, however on this occasion did not gain entry. His crime spree was brought to an abrupt end when he was arrested the following day.
PC Tom Hollis of the Burglary Team West, who led the investigation, said: “I am grateful for the sentence which was handed to Glasgow by Northampton Crown Court.
“He broke into people’s homes during broad daylight utilising a disguise as a means to avoid suspicion and detection, some of which were at home at the time of offence.
“Glasgow targeted people, some of which were the most vulnerable members of our communities, at a time when they were highly sensitive towards Covid-19, and I hope they can take some satisfaction that he is now behind bars.
“I have no doubt, if it wasn’t for the burglary team’s swift actions, which brought an early conclusion to this series of burglaries, that Glasgow would have continued to cause further misery to the residents of Northampton.
“Through Operation Crooked, we on the Burglary Team West are fully committed to reducing burglaries and will continue to take robust action towards those who wish to pursue a life of crime.”
Operation Crooked is Northamptonshire Police’s campaign to reduce burglary, which continues to be one of the Force’s seven policing priorities to fight crime and protect people.