Two burglars from Luton have been jailed for a combined total of over six years after being caught red-handed.
Thomas Eaton, 26, of Russell Rise, Luton, and Delvin Thomas, 39, of no fixed address were sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday (July 17).
Police foiled the duo’s break-in at a home in Grove Road, Luton, on February 5 when they were alerted to suspicious sounds by a tenant in the shared apartment block.
Thomas pleaded guilty to burglary and a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a police officer.
He was jailed for a total of three years and four months.
Eaton was found guilty of burglary following a jury trial, but was cleared of a charge of assaulting a police officer. He was handed a three-year jail sentence.
Detective Constable Scott Hannam, who led the investigation, said: “We are pleased to have been able to take two more burglars off the streets of Bedfordshire.
“I want to commend the bravery and dedication of the officers in this case, who caught Eaton and Thomas red-handed and arrested them under challenging circumstances.
“These hefty sentences should act as a deterrent to those who think nothing of breaking into someone’s home, as we will do all in our power to catch criminals and bring them to justice.”