A hod carrier who acted as a look-out while a Rickmansworth home was burgled today (Monday) received a suspended sentence.
Christy Langley, 28, said he was sitting in a Seat car during the day-time break-in in Loudwater Lane and did not go into the house.
Jewellery, personal documents and an £18,000 BMW were stolen.
Prosecutor Charles Judge told Luton Crown Court (pictured) that police on patrol in Chorleywood recognised the Seat Ibiza as a vehicle wanted in connection with offences in the Thames Valley area.
It was in convoy with the stolen BMW that sped off through red lights.
Langley, who was in the passenger seat of the Ibiza was arrested along with the driver.
A blue iPod and a BMW key were found on him. The BMW was recovered nearby.
Langley refused to answer police questions.
The driver of the BMW has not been found.
The driver of the Seat is due in court later.
The prosecutor said the burglary happened on December 4, 2018 after the owner had left home at around half past seven. Access had been gained via a small window at the front of the home.
Langley, of Malthouse Square, Beaconsfield appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.
He had three previous convictions for attempted theft, threatening behaviour and resisting a constable. In addition, he had been cautioned for damaging property, and theft from a dwelling.
Defending, Gareth James said: “He is lightly convicted. He is a young man who regrets becoming involved and accepts his wrongdoing and remorse.
“He was persuaded to take part as part of a group. Fortunately most of the property was recovered.”
He said Langley, who left school with no qualifications, works as a hod carrier.
Judge Philip Grey told him: “Burglary is a mean offence and causes real distress to the victims. I have no doubt the family would have felt anger, shock and a lasting feeling of real insecurity and fear in their own home.”
He passed a 10 month jail sentence suspended for two years.
Langley must complete 200 hours’ unpaid work, abide by an electronic curfew for five months between 10pm and 4am and carry out 10 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement.
In addition he must pay £750 compensation to the victim and £250 costs.