A man has been jailed after he broke in and stole keys and bank cards from a home while the occupants were upstairs.

Daniel Lokes, aged 48, of Basingstoke Road, Reading, was found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict to one count each of burglary dwelling and fraud by false representation in a two-day trial at Reading Crown Court which concluded on Tuesday, January 23.

On November 19, 2022, at around 6pm, Lokes gained entry to a property in The Mount area of Reading.

Lokes stole items including car keys, bank cards and food items while the occupants of the property were upstairs, unaware they had broken in.

By the time the occupants were aware, Lokes had left the scene and used the stolen bank cards in a nearby shop to buy alcohol.

Lokes was arrested the following day and was charged on February 20 last year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Brandon Morley, based at Reading police station, said: “This is a very serious offence in which the victims’ rights to feel safe in their own home has been violated.

“The conviction and sentence shows the seriousness of Lokes’s actions and will hopefully deter any future offending.

“Thames Valley Police is committed to protecting the public and bringing offenders to justice. I hope that this case serves as an example that we will pursue you and ensure you are put before the courts.”

Lokes has been sentenced to three years and two months’ imprisonment.