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Man jailed for burglary – Oxford

News   •   Aug 09, 2018 14:28 BST

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been jailed for carrying out a burglary in Oxford.

Michael Gallagher, aged 37, of Southfield Park, Bartlemas Close, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (3/8) to one count of burglary dwelling following an offence which took place on 14 June this year.

A property in Staverton Road was broken in to during the day, items were stolen from the property including a laptop, cash and jewellery.

Gallagher was identified from CCTV footage.

He was arrested on 15 June this year and was charged in connection with the offence on 2 July.

He appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Monday (6/8) and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Investigating officer PC Dave Mathieson, based at St Aldates Police Station, said: “We take reports of burglary seriously and this conviction shows how an investigation can lead to a substantial sentence.

“Burglary is an invasive crime which can lead to victims to feel unsafe in their own homes and we continue to work to ensure those responsible for such offences are brought to face justice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victim in this case and witnesses who came forward.”

Operation Bastion Lead Detective Sergeant James Humphries, based at St Aldates Police Station, said: “Due to the diligence and determination of the investigating officer in this case, Gallagher had no other option but to plead guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“Operation Bastion focuses on preventing, investigating and prosecuting those who are involved in burglaries.”

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