A BURGLAR has been jailed for more than two years after he stole £600 in cash from an address in Winchester.

Bradley Coombes, 39, of Hyde Gate, used a ladder to climb through a window at a property in Hyde Gate at around 2.30am on Tuesday, April 23.

Once inside, he stole £600 in cash before fleeing the scene.

Detectives from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary's northern area crime team launched an investigation and charged Coombes with burglary dwelling – with intent to steal.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Bradley Coombes

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was jailed for two years and four months at Winchester Crown Court today (May 29).

Police staff investigator Michael Longmore said: “The impact of having your home burgled should not be underestimated.

“Coombes’ behaviour was completely unacceptable and I’m really pleased that we have secured this outcome for the victim in this case.

“Our officers take reports of this kind extremely seriously and we will do everything in our power to put offenders before the courts.

“We urge anyone who has been the victim of dwelling burglary, or anyone who has information on burglary or stolen goods, to contact us on 101 or via our website.”