Burglar ransacked resort home

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A MAN who stole £2,000 of cash, jewellery and electrical goods in a Blackpool burglary caused damage worth even more when he ransacked the house.

Rickford Vance-Carradice struck at an address on Bailey Court, Layton, while the occupants were away for the weekend.

But while carrying out his crime he left a thumb print on the lower part of a door which led to his capture.

The 47-year-old, of Harrison Street, Blackpool, appeared at Preston Crown Court having pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary dating back to last November.

Frank Nance, prosecuting, said the offence took place some time around November 5 last year and a laptop, camcorder, jewellery and a box containing cash were all stolen from the home.

The court was told the value of the property stolen was £2,000.

But during the attack, drawers and cupboards had been yanked open and ransacked.

The damage caused by that was said to total more than £2,900.

The defendant was arrested five days later.

None of the stolen haul – which included rings of sentimental value – has been recovered.

Joe Hart, defending, said there had not been any significant planning involved in the burglary. Another person had also been involved and had taken the lead in what happened.

Vance-Carradice was described as being remorseful for what occurred.

Mr Hart added: “Society would be better protected in the long term by the probation service working with him.”

The defendant was given six months’ prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision.

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