Prolific Bedford burglar jailed after crashing stolen car on CCTV

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Stephen Maccay
Stephen Maccay

Stephen McCay, a prolific burglar from Bedford, has been jailed for 30 months (2.5 years) after being found guilty of burglary in the Borough.

26-year-old McCay of High Street, Bedford was filmed on CCTV crashing a Mercedes car that he had stolen from a Biddenham home on 29 December last year.

He broke into the house while the victim was on holiday, driving off in their £60,000 Mercedes AMG.

Two days later he crashed into a row of parked cars on Stanley Street, Bedford causing significant damage.

He fled the scene but DNA found on the airbag identified his as the driver.


CCTV from the nearby Burnaby Arms captured the crash.

At Luton Crown Court, on 22 May he was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

Detective Constable Andy Boston, from the force’s Operation Maze team, dedicated to tackling burglary, said: “McCay is a persistent offender who continues to choose a life of crime at the expense of innocent members of the public.

“Burglary has a huge impact on the lives of a victim and we will continue to disrupt such criminality in Bedfordshire. Being left feeling unsafe in your own home is a devastating and violating experience, and people like McCay who repeatedly cause this harm on our communities deserve to be put back behind bars.”