Jail for burglar who stole from large Swanmore home

  • Burglar stole laptop and cash from large home
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A BURGLAR who raided a £750,000 home has been jailed by a judge.

David Cooper ransacked the four-bedroom home in Forest Road, Swanmore.

Almost certainly the substantial house was targeted because it was just that

Judge Roger Hetherington

Daniel Sawyer, prosecuting, said the 46-year-old had stolen an Apple MacBook Pro laptop, an Apple Watch, Bvlgari sunglasses, a Louis Vuitton purse and between £200 and £300 in cash.

Cooper, of Alhambra Road, Southsea, was snared after police found his DNA on a two-pint bottle of milk at the burgled home. Police discovered marks on the front door.

The family put in a compensation claim of £14,533 for jewellery – but Cooper disputes this.

Bridget O’Hagan, defending Cooper, said: ‘He was arrested by police on August 28 when he fully admitted what he had done on that day, July 25.

‘He’s adamant the only items he took was the purse, £80 cash, the Acer laptop and Apple laptop.’

She said Cooper had been in the home but it had been left empty by the family between 3.30pm and 11.30pm.

She added: ‘He said “if I had taken that I would have told the police that”.

‘He’s very remorseful in his interview.’

But sentencing, judge Roger Hetherington said he did not believe Cooper.

He said: ‘This was a burglary of a substantial dwelling set in its own grounds.

‘You have put forward an explanation that you had been passing in your car when it suffered mechanical trouble and you approached the house for innocent reasons.

‘I reject that explanation, it’s quite clear to me from the whole circumstances this was not an impulsive burglary committed because your car had mechanical trouble – I believe there’s an element of planning in it.

‘Almost certainly the substantial house was targeted because it was just that.

‘I also reject the suggestion you didn’t force your way in, there were tool marks on the door.

‘In my judgement, that would have been the way you made your entry into the property, whether or not there was someone there with you.’

The judge accepted there was a question over what had been taken by Cooper.

He was jailed for 10 months with a £180 criminal courts charge to pay. He pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.