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Burglar from Bicester jailed for six and a half years

A Bicester man has been jailed for six and a half years for a spate of burglaries and other crimes across Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.

Michael Sestanovich broke into three homes in Bicester and Steeple Aston back in July - and tried to get into one more two months later.

The 35 year old, of Purseland Drive, pleaded guilty to;

• Three counts of burglary dwelling, which occurred on 24 July 2017 in Lyneham Road, Bicester, on 7 August 2017 in Somerville Drive, Bicester, and between 7 August and 8 August in Nizewell Head, Steeple Aston.
• One count of attempted burglary dwelling. On 24 July Sestanovich was caught on CCTV cycling up to the front door of a property in Lyneham Road, Bicester before trying the door handle to attempt to gain entry.
• Two counts of receiving stolen goods. On 5 August when he was arrested, Sestanovich was found to be in possession of goods stolen from burglaries in Banbury Road, Bicester, and in Nizewell Head, Steeple Aston.
• One count of having a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place. On 3 August 2017 Sestanovich was seen to be in possession of a knife in Benson Close, Bicester.
• One count of theft of a motor vehicle in which he stole the victim’s Volkswagen Tiguan from a property in Nizewell Head, Steeple Aston, during a burglary at the same address.
• One count of possession of class A drugs – heroin. Sestanovich was found to be in possession of a wrap of heroin when he was searched by officers on 8 August 2017.
• One count of dishonestly making false representation. He used debit cards stolen in a burglary to purchase goods in a supermarket using contactless payments.
• One count of criminal damage, which occurred on 24 July 2017 when he kicked a wing mirror a vehicle parked in Lyneham Road, Bicester.

Sestanovich was charged in connection with the offences on 10 August 2017.

Investigating officer PC Adam Taylor, of the Investigation Hub based at Witney police station, said: “Burglary is a distressing crime for victims which can leave them feeling unsafe in their own homes. 

“I am pleased for those who were a victim of Sestanovich who are now able to have a sense that justice has been done and he’ll have a significant amount of time in prison to reflect upon the impact of his actions. Thames Valley Police will continue to work to ensure every effort is made to bring offenders to court.”

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