Young man jailed for Vic burglary spree

In a busy spree of burglaries to fuel his drug habit, regional Victorian man Joshua Bouvac stole cars, guns, jewellery and an old coin collection.

Bouvac, 22, targeted rural homes and businesses in the Shepparton area in his crime spree between April and June of 2017.

He was jailed for almost five years on Monday after he pleaded guilty to more than 60 charges.

"This crime spree was serious offending committed on ordinary, hardworking and vulnerable home owners and business owners," Victorian County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly said in Wangaratta.

Bouvac stole some larger items like cars and more than 10 firearms, but also targeted some more discreet and sentimental items as well.

"In one house burglarly you stole a valuable coin collection and jewellery, including engagement and wedding rings," the judge said.

"The value of those items was in excess of $10,000."

Bouvauc had a tough upbringing and his mother was a drug addict who was also jailed for dishonesty, the judge said.

He had been living in a car with a worsening drug addiction when he carried out the crime spree.

The bulk of the burglaries took place in the space of about a week, and on at least one occasion he fled in a stolen car and was pursued by police.

"You drove dangerously to avoid apprehension. In one instance you narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a truck," the judge said.

Bouvac was jailed for four years and eight months and ordered to serve at least three years before being eligible for parole.

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