A burglar who got into a house in Eton using keys left in the front door has been jailed for two years and four months

Dean Winfield, 41, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at a hearing at Reading Crown Court yesterday.

At around 1.50am on Thursday, October 1 Winfield gained entry to a property using keys that had been left in the front door in Kingstable Street while the victim, an 18-year-old man, was sleeping upstairs.

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A gym bag containing personal items and a drill were stolen.

A few days later, Winfield went back to the address and returned the keys to the victim, stating that he had found them.

Winfield was identified by the victim who saw him a week later walking in Eton High Street and called police, who arrested him.

Winfield was charged with the offence on October 11.

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Investigating officer Detective Constable Kelly Davis of the Priority Crime Team, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “Burglary is a horribly invasive crime and Winfield took advantage of an opportunity to illegally enter a property and steal property from within.

“He was later identified and arrested, and I would like to thank the victims for their help in identifying Winfield and bringing him to justice.

“He will now have to serve a prison sentence as a result of his actions.

“Thames Valley Police will continue to target those who commit burglaries in the Thames Valley and bring offenders to justice.”