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'Former' burglar who made crime prevention video is jailed
A Hertfordshire burglar who told police he had put crime behind him and even made a burglary prevention video, has been jailed for five years.
In April, Taoreed Ogboye admitted to more than 175 burglaries between 2007 and 2011, which took place across Hertfordshire including St Albans, Bedfordshire and north London.
A judge deferred sentence on the 24-year-old, who had stolen more than £400,000 worth of gold and jewellery, instead putting him on the "Choices and Consequences" scheme.
Judge Andrew Bright QC said Ogboye had told probation workers he "wanted to take advantage of what they could offer him to bring about a fundamental change in his lifestyle".
However, on Thursday, Judge Bright was told that not long afterwards, he had committed a burglary and an attempted burglary on the homes of two Asian families.
He said: "I had hoped you might succeed. You genuinely seemed to be trying to do all you could to put your life back on track. But your commitment was short lived."
While on the programme, Ogboye helped Hertfordshire Police with a campaign to beat the burglars by making a crime prevention video which the force put onto YouTube.
Ogboye, who appeared anonymously, explained how families could protect their homes by keeping lights on, installing alarms and CCTV, and keeping valuables in safes.
He said: "You can never stop a burglar going into your house 100 per cent but there are little things to make you think twice - and thinking twice is good enough."
At court yesterday, Ogboye pleaded guilty to burglary in Luton, an attempted break-in and a further burglary, both in Watford.
He also pleaded guilty to an attempted burglary in Enfield in May and another in Barnet in June. He asked for 175 other burglaries to be taken into consideration.
Jailing him at Luton Crown Court, the judge told Ogboye "You expressed a strong desire to change your lifestyle and to become a responsible member of society."
Veronica Reeve, defending, told the court it was the making of the video by Ogboye that had, in fact, led to him re-offending
She said when it was shown on YouTub,e associates assumed he must be informing on them and that was what had sparked off the fresh offences.
Ms Reeve described what happened as a "fall from grace".