A cat flap burglar who targeted a home in West Bridgford has been jailed for more than three years.
Lee Quarless, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.
During the early hours of 5 June 2019 a woman and her son were asleep in their home on Stowe Avenue when Quarless, 32, gained entry by breaking off the cat flap enabling him to reach in and turn the key left in the lock.
Once inside Quarless stole a number of electrical items, two bicycles and the keys to the family car. He then drove the car away from the property which was later found in the local area.
An investigation was launched involving detectives from Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated County Burglary Team.
It led to officers searching a nearby address where they recovered a number of items of property that were stolen during the burglary.
Forensics linked to Quarless was also found at the scene providing officers with the evidence needed to charge and ultimately convict him for the burglary.
Quarless was jailed for three years and one month when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (26 November 2019).
Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Burglaries are an unacceptable invasion of peoples’ homes, which is a place that we believe our communities should be able to feel safest.
“That is why it is absolutely crucial that, where incidents are reported to us, the public can have faith that their reports will be taken seriously, that they will be thoroughly investigated and that we will pursue those responsible.
“Burglary is a priority for Nottinghamshire Police, with dedicated burglary teams now focused on tackling and reducing burglary in the city and county.
“We want to reassure the people of Nottinghamshire that we will continue to pursue those committing burglaries and remain committed to catching those responsible and bringing them to justice.”