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A man who admitted a burglary offence in North Dorset has been jailed for two years and seven months.

Thomas Harold Coker, aged 25 and of Devizes Road in Salisbury, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 6 October 2017 after admitting an offence of burglary and two charges of fraud.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 27 June 2017 a burglary occurred at a three-bedroom semi-detached property off the A354 near to Sixpenny Handley.

The victim, a woman aged in her 60s, was asleep at home and woke at around 3.40pm to discover a voicemail message stating there had been suspicious activity on her bank card. She discovered her bag, which contained her bank cards, had been stolen from the property.

At 3.52pm the victim received a further call reporting suspicious activity on her credit card and she then contacted police.

Officers attended and discovered the cards had been used in Coombe Bissett Stores near Salisbury. A total of five transactions, totalling £115.60, had been carried out to purchase scratchcards and food.

The store’s CCTV footage was obtained by police and officers saw a man and woman arrive in a silver Peugeot 307 before carrying out the transactions.

Bank records also showed a further transaction at the One Stop Store in nearby Harnham, with five scratchcards purchased for £25 and the card was declined at In-Excess Store in Harnham.

CCTV at those locations showed the same man and woman attending the stores.

Officers in Salisbury stopped the vehicle that had been identified as being involved at 6.40pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Coker was arrested on suspicion of burglary, charged and admitted being involved in the offence at Bournemouth Crown Court on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Cayley Tuxworth, aged 25 and of Devizes Road in Salisbury, was charged with two counts of fraud in relation to the use of the bank cards and was given a six-month conditional discharge at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 6 October 2017 after admitting the offences.

Police Constable Chris Raspini, of Dorset Police, said: ‘Dwelling burglaries can be very distressing for victims and we are committed to bringing offenders such as Coker to justice.

‘I would also like to remind residents that they can take a number of simple crime prevention measures, such as keeping windows secure and doors locked even when you are at home, to help protect your home from burglars.’

For more crime prevention advice visit www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/.

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