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Ramraiding man stole cigarettes

A BURGLAR with a penchant for Vauxhall Astras raided the same store twice in a month and left blood at the scene both times, a court heard.

Jason Seagrove, 24, of Penn Road, Slough, was jailed for a total of three years and four months after Robert Spencer-Bernard, prosecuting, said the defendant was arrested when DNA linked him with the crimes.

Mr Spencer-Bernard told Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday, that Seagrove had stolen two Vauxhall Astras one in October last year and one in November and had then driven to the Somerfield store in Bourne End where he stole cigarettes.

The first raid was carried out on October 6, when Seagrove took a car from Bicester which was then used to take the thieves to Bourne End. They broke into the Somerfied store in Wakeman Road, and stole £3,250 worth of cigarettes.

Seagrove's blood was found at the scene and was subsequently matched with his DNA profile.

The Astra was found burnt out in the Slough area the following day.

Seagrove then stole another Vauxhall Astra from an address in Marlow, and within hours the Somerfield store was again under attack.

Seagrove and at least two accomplices again stole cigarettes, before fleeing in the Astra, later found abandoned about a mile from the burglary.

Seagrove's blood was left at the scene for the second time and his fingerprints were on the car but when arrested he refused to answer questions, Mr Spencer-Bernard told the court.

Seagrove was committed for sentence on the two burglaries, two offences of taking vehicles without consent, an attempted theft and failing to surrender to bail set by Wycombe magistrates on May 1 after he admitted the crimes.

Seagrove had numerous previous convictions, the court heard, and in mitigation, his lawyer Heather Paget said: "He has no illusions about what is going to happen to him today and only asks for as short a sentence as possible."

Deputy Circuit Judge John Slack jailed Seagrove for 40 months in total.

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