A man who acted as part of a gang which smashed their way into a home and stole young children’s birthday presents has been jailed.
Nathan Cruikshank, 24, of Broomfield Gate, Slough, was sentenced to two years in prison for burglary and drug offences.
He pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday to one count of burglary dwelling, one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug (cannabis) and two counts of possession of a class A drug (cocaine and MDMA).
Cruikshank was sentenced to 18 months in prison for burglary, given a two-year disqualification from driving and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
He was also sentenced to six months for the possession with intent to supply class B drugs offence, to run consecutively, as well as six weeks in prison for each of the class A possession offences, to run concurrently.
An order was made under Section 143 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 2000 for forfeiture of monies seized and held by Thames Valley Police.
The burglary offence took place in Blind Lane, Flackwell Heath, on November 11. Cruikshank was arrested on November 12 and charged the same day.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Alex Kratky, said: “Cruikshank acted as part of a team who forced their way into a house, smashing through the patio doors whilst the owners were out walking their dog.
“They ransacked the house stealing valuable electronic equipment, as well as cash and computers which had been recently received birthday gifts belonging to the young children.
“Thanks to some vigilant residents and local businesses a vehicle was quickly identified and police located and arrested Cruikshank within a few hours of the offence taking place.
“He was found in possession of a quantity of the stolen property from the burglary and a large amount of cash, cocaine, MDMA and cannabis were also subsequently recovered.
“I am pleased that Cruikshank has admitted responsibility for his actions. Burglary can have a devastating impact on victims and I hope that the knowledge Cruikshank is facing some time behind bars will give them some sense of justice.”
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