An 18-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to burgling a house in Kimbolton Road in May this year, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday (16 August).
Jake Macleod-Hay from Bedford was sentenced to one year in a Youth Offenders Institute.
A second offender, aged 15, was also found guilty of the break-in and was served with a youth rehabilitation order.
At night, between 20 May and 21 May, Macleod and the second boy gained entry to a property on Kimbolton Road through the back door.
While inside he stole a purse containing the resident’s personal documents and approximately £300 in cash.
They also stole car keys which they used to search vehicles parked in front of the property.
The 15-year-old was arrested shortly after leaving the property by officers who had been alerted to suspicious behaviour in Kimbolton Road.
Macleod-Hay managed to run away from the officers but was tracked down and arrested the following morning.
Detective Constable Andrew Boston, from the force’s Operation Maze team, said: “Being a victim of a burglary has a tremendous psychological impact on victims. It strips the person of feeling of safe and secure in their own home.
“In this case a young man and a boy were involved. Macleod-Hay will now spend his first year of adulthood in a Youth Offenders Institute where hopefully he will be able to reflect on his actions.
“Burglary remains a priority for our force and we are dedicated to apprehending the offenders and bringing them to justice.”
Operation Maze is Bedfordshire Police’s dedicated operation which tackles burglary within Bedfordshire, as well as working with partner agencies to tackle cross-border offences.