Serial burglar jailed for four years

A SERIAL burglar who intimidated a teenager into being his lookout has been jailed.

Masum Miah, 22, admitted breaking into a home in Todmorden and stealing more than £300 of items - including the occupant’s penny jar.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Miah, of Nutfield Street, Todmorden, smashed the rear kitchen window of a home in Todmorden.

Witnesses reported seeing two men kicking the back door of the house before Miah entered the property.

He stole a camera worth £100, a mobile phone worth £50, an Ipod valued at £150 and the penny jar containing approximately £20.

The court heard he was a “three strike” burglar, meaning he had been convicted for the same crime three times. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

Miah’s accomplice, Paul Ingham, 17, whose address could not be published because of his fears, admitted a charge of burglary but said he only acted as a lookout because he felt intimidated by Miah.

He was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work and made subject to a youth rehabilitation order.