Two men have been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds worth of gold from a house in Swindon.

Dwain Stratford, 33, of Beech Avenue in Pinehurst, was jailed for 18 months and Joshua Steele, 28, of Bolingbroke Road in Moredon, was jailed for 29 months after they both pled guilty to burglary.

The burglary took place on September 11, 2023, when the pair smashed their way into a house in Stratton St Margaret.

The two men searched the address before making off with large amounts of jewellery including watches, bracelets, rings and coins.

The stolen gold jewellery was worth thousands of pounds, and many of the items had sentimental value to the owners.

Investigating officers were able to trace the burglary back to a Vauxhall Vivaro where some of the stolen items were found and retrieved.

Stratford and Steele, who police believe used the Vauxhall during the burglary, were both arrested and later charged.

“The custodial sentences given in this case reflect the serious impact burglary can have on victims," said Detective Constable Jared Yalden from Wiltshire Police's burglary team.

“Your home should be your safe place but victims of burglary have this taken away from them and the impact can be long lasting – not just on the victims but for a whole community.

“I am pleased these two individuals have been put behind bars. We are committed to targeting offenders like Steele and Stratford and these sentences mean our streets are now safer.”