A 34-year-old man from Newport Pagnell has been sentenced to more than a year and a half in prison for burglary.
James Standen, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of a dwelling burglary and was given 21 months’ imprisonment at Aylesbury Crown Court, sitting at Amersham Crown Court, last week.
Standen forced his way into a house in Chichley Street via a rear window at about 10am on July 13 last year.
Neighbours in a nearby street saw Standen breaking into the property and called the police.
Another member of the public then challenged Standen while he was in the house.
Police arrived rapidly at the scene and Standen was arrested. No-one was injured during the incident.
Investigating officer, DC Paddy Navin of Force CID, said: “Burglary is an unpleasant crime which often leaves victims out of pocket and anxious. The sentence handed down to Standen reflects that.
“Even if an offender pleads guilty, the courts take a very dim view of this type of crime, and Standen will now have a significant period of time to reflect on his actions.
“This case could not have been resolved as quickly had it not been for the prompt actions of members of the public who contacted police.
“I would like to express my thanks to those witnesses for their vigilance and community spirit.”