Published: 15:00, 12 July 2017 |
Updated: 16:43, 12 July 2017
Det Con Steven Brown said: "Ripley forced his way into the property by smashing through a rear door.
"The victim then returned home to also find her front door open and the safe next to the van, with the engine still running.
"Thankfully, the crucial evidence obtained by our crime scene investigators left Ripley with no choice but to plead guilty.
"Being burgled leaves victims feeling violated and vulnerable in their own property, but I do hope in this instance those affected by Ripley’s actions can at least take comfort from the fact justice has been swiftly served."
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