10:55AM, Monday 08 August 2016
A burglar who was caught after trying to withdraw cash using bank cards stolen in a raid on a Marlow home has been sentenced.
Appearing at Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday, August 1, Simon Choate, of Foxes Piece, Marlow, was sent to prison for three years and four months.
The 41-year-old had pleaded guilty to two counts of dwelling burglary, one count of handling stolen goods and one count of fraud on Monday, July 25 - the first day of his trial.
The court heard that at some point between 11pm on June 8, 2015 and 7am on June 9, 2015, he had entered a house in Glade Road, Marlow, and taken a TV, laptops, cash and debit cards.
He was later identified from CCTV attempting to withdraw cash following the burglary using the stolen cards.
On September 15, at about 5.50am, he was also found in the kitchen of a property in Little Marlow Road by a woman who caught him with her handbag and her laptop.
According to police she ‘attempted to grab him however his hood came off in her hand and he ran out of the door’.
Despite being arrested on September 17 in connection with these incidents and charged on March 18, he was free to steal a laptop and cash from a property in Oxford Road, Marlow, on July 22, and was arrested and charged the next day.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Lou Knowles said: "The length of the sentence given to Choate reflects the impact that the intrusive crime of burglary has upon victims and I hope it acts as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to commit similar offences.
"Thames Valley Police officers work tirelessly to ensure offenders are arrested and brought before the courts to face the consequences of their actions.
“I am pleased the victims of these offences can be reassured Choate will now serve a custodial sentence as a result."
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