After being convicted of burglary offences in Marlow a 41 year old man has been sentenced to more than three years’ imprisonment.
On the first day of his trial at Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday 25th July 2016 Simon Choate, of Foxes Piece, Marlow pleaded guilty to two counts of dwelling burglary, one count of handling stolen goods and one count of fraud.
He was sentenced on Monday 1st August 2016 at the same court to a total of three years and four months’ imprisonment.
Between 11.00pm on Monday 8th June 2015 and 7.00am on Tuesday 9th June 2015 offenders entered a house in Glade Road, Marlow and stole various items of property including a TV, laptop computers, cash and debit cards. Choate was found in possession of stolen goods and was identified from CCTV attempting to withdraw cash in the early hours of the morning following the burglary using the stolen cards.
On Tuesday 15th September 2015, at around 5.50am, a resident of a property in Little Marlow Road went to her kitchen and noticed a man who was later identified to be Choate in her property. He ran past her with her handbag over his shoulder and holding her laptop. She attempted to grab him however his hood came off in her hand and he ran out of the door.
Mr Choate was arrested on Thursday 17th September 2015 in connection with these offences and charged on Friday 18th March 2016.
On Friday 22nd July 2016, at around 2.30pm, Mr Choate entered a property in Oxford Road, Marlow after smashing a kitchen window. A laptop computer and cash was stolen. He was arrested on Saturday 23rd July 2016 and charged with a further count of burglary the same day.
Investigating officer Det Con Lou Knowles, from Buckinghamshire Local CID, 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.‘