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Drug addict burglar jailed for 140 offences in Luton

A drug addict who burgled homes in Luton has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for 140 offences.

Aaron Evangelou, 23, of no fixed address, admitted two burglaries and asked for 138 offences to be taken into consideration at Luton Crown Court.

He told police he wished to clear up other offences when he was arrested for the second of the two burglaries.

Officers drove him around Luton and he indicated homes he had burgled over an 18-month period, the court heard.

Dominic Lewis, defending, said the level of offending was "staggering".

Evangelou was arrested in August after he broke into a bungalow in Buchanan Drive while the occupants were asleep.

'Tell the truth'

He was granted bail but in October was arrested on suspicion of a burglary at Ramsey Close. Three laptops, two cameras and cash were taken.

"It was then he began to tell the truth and said there were other offences he wished to clear up," said prosecutor Edward Lewis.

"He was driven round Luton by police to identify the houses."

All but three of the 138 offences were burglaries or attempted burglaries, the court heard.

Dominic Lewis said: "The principal cause of his offending is his drug addiction, his lack of employment and having no stable accommodation, but that of course is no consolation to the victims of the burglaries.

"This is a staggering level of offending but many of the offences would not have been traced back to him.

"He wants to come out of prison clean and return to Cyprus where his father will exert some paternal influence on him."

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