Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted of burglary in Bracknell.
Stephen Brooker, aged 22, of Ripplesmere, Bracknell, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison at Reading Crown Court today (12/4).
Brooker was also subjected to a ten-year restraining order not to contact the victim or attend the victim’s home address upon his release from prison.
He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in a dwelling during a hearing at Reading Crown Court on 19 March.
At some time between 6.15pm on Friday 21 December and 7.10am on Saturday 22 December last year, Brooker broke into a property in Ripplesmere after smashing a window and searched a bedroom belonging to the victim.
Once inside, Brooker stole two personal items and clothing belonging to the victim.
Following a forensic examination of the scene, fingerprints and blood samples matched with Brooker’s and he was arrested on 17 January 2019, before being charged the following day.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Paul Bentley of Bracknell and Wokingham CID, said: “Brooker knew the victim and had previously tried to make contact with her on social media. The victim ignored these messages and blocked Brooker.
“Given the forensic evidence against him, I am pleased that Brooker admitted his guilt. The court has taken this matter seriously and imposed a substantial sentence, and also further safeguarded the victim and family with a restraining order.
“I think this sends a strong message to the people of Bracknell that Thames Valley Police will always investigate burglaries thoroughly and bring offenders to justice.”