A burglar has been jailed for four years after being caught by newly installed CCTV cameras in Willington.
Ivor Piggott, 25, of Spruce Walk, Kempston, burgled a home in Bedford Road on Wednesday, November 5.
Piggott broke into the house through the patio doors, ripped the alarm from the wall and removed a CCTV recorder before taking the keys to the owner’s Mercedes.
But he was caught on CCTV as the passenger in the stolen car as it was driven away from the village.
The cameras had been recently installed after a successful funding bid by the village’s Neighbourhood Watch group.
Piggott was arrested and charged with burglary and taking a vehicle without consent. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for a total of four years at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday.
Detective Constable Jason Wheeler said: “This is a great example of how valuable the CCTV cameras are when investigating crime.
“We were quickly able to identify Piggott and ensure he was brought to justice.
“We are cracking down on burglary across the county at the moment and this case should serve as a reminder for people to vigilant and report all suspicious activity.”