A BRACKNELL man has been sent to prison for two years and one month after he broke into a property by smashing a window and then stole items from the bedroom.

Stephen Brooker, aged 22, of Ripplesmere, Bracknell, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison at Reading Crown Court today, Tuesday April 12.

At some time between 6.15pm on Friday, December 21 and 7.10am on Saturday December 22 last year, he broke into a property in Ripplesmere after smashing a window and searched a bedroom belonging to the victim.

Once inside, he proceeded to steel two personal items and clothing belonging to the victim.

Following a forensic examination of the scene, fingerprints and blood samples matched with Brooker’s he was arrested on January 17 last year, before being charged the following day.

He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in a dwelling during a hearing at Reading Crown Court on March 19.

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.”

Brooker has also been given a ten-year restraining order not to contact the victim or attend the victim’s home address when released from prison.