A burglar has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to a burglary in Milton Keynes.
Shoukat Hussain, aged 40, from Braybrooke Drive, Furzton, appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday, where he was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for one count of burglary.
At about 8.30pm on June 21, the owner of a house in Swanwick Lane was at home, when he answered a knock at the door to a man who asked him if his van, which was parked on the driveway, was for sale. The conversation lasted about 10 minutes and the man on the door left.
At about 11pm that evening, neighbours of the house were at home when they heard a noise outside and went outside to investigate. They saw the van was missing from their neighbours drive but that lights were on in the house, so went and knocked on the door.
They saw Hussain in the house trying to force open the patio door to the garden by kicking and barging the door. Hussain then opened the front door to the neighbours and told them his friend lived in the house, closed the door and walked away.
The neighbours followed Hussain, calling the police as they did so. As they followed him, he dropped a portable DVD player and handed a Tom Tom sat nav to the neighbours. Police then attended and arrested Hussain, who was subsequently charged with the burglary.
Detective Constable Gareth Suffling, investigating the incident, said: “I am pleased with the sentence, and the fact another burglar has been removed from the streets of Milton Keynes.
“Hussain was obviously checking out the property when he attended earlier in the evening, and I would like to thank the quick thinking neighbours who confronted Hussain when seeing him in the house and chased him so officers could arrest him and bring him to justice.”