A Chertsey man was jailed after a pleading guilty to a string of burglary and fraud offences.

Darren Turner, 35 of Barker Road, Chertsey, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and three fraud charges, and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court yesterday, police said.

Mr Turner broke into a home on Coombe Drive, Addlestone, where a lone woman was sleepingon July 4, 2017, stealing a handbag containing a phone, cash, glasses and a photo of the victim’s late husband.

He was later captured on CCTV attempting to use the victim's bank card, and data obtained from Mr Turner's phone linked him to the location at the time of the crime, police said, leading to his arrest and subsequent charges.

After pleading guilty, Mr Turner was jailed for two years and eight months for the burglary, and five months’ imprisonment for each count of fraud, to be served concurrently.

Surrey Police added that he had earlier admitted to a previous burglary at a Chertsey school on October 8, 2018, which resulted in a four month sentence to be served consecutively, meaning he will spend a total of three years in prison.

Investigating officer PC Elaine Garvanovic said he hoped Mr Turner's being brought to justice would help reassure the community.

"This has been a long and complex investigation but Turner is finally behind bars where he belongs.

"I hope the local community will feel reassured by the actions taken by officers.

"This sentence proves that Surrey Police will continue to gather evidence on burglars, arrest them and put them before the courts," PC Garvanovic said.