Brothers jailed after burgling neighbour’s house in Milton Keynes

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A couple robbed by their neighbour have seen him jailed for eight months.

John Sunter, 32, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Oldbrook, was convicted of burglary and handling stolen goods after pleading guilty on Friday ahead of his trial.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison, plus four months in prison to run consecutively for alternate matters.

His brother Matthew Sunter, 30, of Boycott Avenue, in Oldbrook, was also jailed for seven months after pleading guilty on November 17.

On 19 August, a man and a woman left their home in Sutcliffe Avenue, Oldbrook, to go to work, but on their return at 4.20pm they found their home had been broken into and their television stolen.

Officers attended and made swift arrests after suspecting their neighbours’ involvement as John Sunter lived next door. He has since been evicted.

The television was recovered the following day.

PC Graeme Poulton from Local CID said: “Burglaries are very distressing for victims and some are left feeling unsafe even months after the event.

“I am pleased with this sentence which will hopefully allow the victims some sense of closure and enable them to move on with their lives.

“This sentence sends out a message that burglary offences are taken seriously by Thames Valley Police and we will conduct thorough investigations to ensure every effort is made to bring the offender to justice.”