‘Adrenaline rush’ thief narrowly avoids jail

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A young man stole an iPad from a carer who was looking after him.

Scott Lowndes said he wanted an “adrenaline rush “ so he stole her car keys in the middle of the night and took the computer from under a car seat.

Lowndes, 18, of Trent Street, Blackpool, admitted the theft.

He also admitted the theft of tools from a domestic garage and stealing a Mercedes car badge.

Lowndes admitted criminal damage – spraying paint on a car – and a further similar offence damaging an alarm system at the house where he lives. He also pleaded guilty to damaging a door and frame at the house.

Lowndes who had 19 previous convictions asked for a further six offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said when Lowndes was arrested he told police he had stolen some items to get money to send to his sister so she could visit him. He also committed offences because he was upset his grandmother had died.

Peter Cave, defending, said: “When he wants to something like working on a farm he puts his back into it. Then he will commit the most stupid of offences.”

The judge told Lowndes: “You have come very close to being sent to prison.”

He sentenced Lowndes to a 26-week suspended jail term and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and pay £275 compensation.

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