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Teenager robs home while a mother and child sleep

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a boy has been convicted and sentenced for a series of offences including burglaries in Oxfordshire.

The 16-year-old boy from Oxford pleaded guilty to a number of offences at Oxford Magistrates’ Youth Court.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of taking without owner’s consent, two counts of fraud, one count of making off without making payment, two counts of using a vehicle without insurance and two counts of driving otherwise in accordance with a license. He was sentenced to a Detention and Training Order for two years.

In the early hours of Wednesday 21 June the boy forced entry to a property in White Road, Oxford, while the victims, a mother and her child, were asleep. The boy stole bank cards and car keys to a Skoda Octavia before driving the vehicle from the scene.

On Monday 26 June the boy entered a home in Drayton St Leonard and stole keys to an Audi A1, as well as bank cards, tobacco and trainers. The boy then fled the scene in the vehicle. Following the burglaries the boy attempted to use the bank cards to buy various items.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Chaz Boshell of the Investigation Hub based at Abingdon police station, said: “I am pleased there has been a swift resolution to this investigation and that the boy has been sentenced to a Detention and Training Order for two years, which will combine a custodial sentence with supervised training.

“Understandably, the offences have shocked the victims who should feel safe in their own homes. I hope our investigation shows that the force will clampdown on such offending and bring people in front of the courts.”

Boy sentenced for burglaries