A man has been jailed for stealing a car, crashing it into a lamppost, breaking into a house and attacking a pensioner. 

Thirty-one-year-old Reece Owen, of no fixed address, stole a silver Audi S4 Cabriolet from a Denham property on February 22. 

He then travelled to Indigo Bar and Grill, where he stole alcohol, cash and bank cards.

At 6.30am the same day, the police responded to a report that the same car had crashed into a lamppost at speed at the junction of the A40 and the A412 in Denham.

Owen fled the vehicle, running into a nearby property in Red Hill.

He threatened the occupants in an attempt to get their car keys so he could escape.

During a struggle with the 80-year-old victim, Owen pulled the man down the stairs and then pushed him to the ground.

Owen stole money from the house before forcing his way into a neighbouring house, where he stole a Mercedes which he drove away from the scene.

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He was found guilty of one count of aggravated vehicle theft, one count of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of robbery and two counts of burglary at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Owen was arrested on March 18 and was charged two days later on March 20.

Investigating officer, PC Paul Knowles, of Operation Stronghold, said: "These incidents were extremely frightening and distressing for the victims.

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"Owen has never shown any remorse for his actions and I am pleased that he has now been found guilty and sentenced for his crimes.

"There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour and it will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police.

"The investigation was long and complex. We will always conduct thorough investigations following incidents of this nature and will work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice.

"Owen became a suspect after forensic examinations discovered his DNA had been left across the various scenes, along with his fingerprints and footprints.

"It is our case that Owen was driving the stolen Audi S4 Cabriolet which he later crashed.

"We would like to thank the victims and witnesses for their cooperation during our investigation. Their contribution has ultimately led to Owen's conviction and imprisonment."