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Man jailed for committing burglaries

 Published on: 8th October 2018   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been jailed for three and a half years for committing burglaries across The Thames Valley. 

James McDonagh, aged 36, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of three and a half years’ imprisonment at Reading Crown Court on Friday, October 5. 

McDonagh pleaded guilty to seven counts of dwelling burglary at the same court on Monday, October 1. 

The charges are in relation to burglaries in Kintbury, Twyford, Tilehurst and Pangbourne, all in Berkshire, Cholsey in Oxfordshire, and Little Chalfont in Buckinghamshire in February and March this year.

During the burglary in Pangbourne, McDonagh assaulted the occupant, pushing her to the floor as he fled the scene.

McDonagh stole cash, jewellery and watches during the burglaries.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jay Ellams said: “Burglary has a significant impact on communities and unfortunately it only takes a small number of criminals to carry out spates of burglaries.

“McDonagh was initially identified by forensics, having left his DNA at the scene of four burglaries across the Thames Valley. He was also captured on CCTV at train stations near to the burglaries.

“I am glad that a prolific burglar has now been sentenced for his crimes, following a thorough investigation by officers on the Investigation Hub.”

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