Burglar took haul to broker

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A MAN who burgled a Blackpool flat, stealing property including Christmas presents from under a tree, later sold the stolen items to a pawnbrokers shop, a court has heard.

Preston Crown Court was told Gary Nelson also sold on some other stolen goods he had handled from a burglary in the same area around St Albans Road, in St Annes.

Details of the offences were outlined at court as the 21-year-old appeared for sentencing.

Nelson, of St Andrew’s Road, St Annes, had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary and another of handling stolen goods.

Charles Brown, prosecuting, said a burglary took place at a flat on St Albans Road on December 11.

The occupants were out at the time and returned to discover items of electrical equipment had gone, as well as Christmas presents.

Police made various inquiries and discovered Nelson had sold items to a pawnbrokers in Blackpool.

The handling offence arose out of a burglary at another flat on St Albans Road on New Year’s Eve.

Again it was discovered he had taken stolen items to pawn shops in Blackpool and St Annes.

Nelson had a previous offence of burglary on his criminal record.

The judge, Recorder Roger Farley QC, said he had read a letter from the defendant.

In it, the defendant seemed to be making some effort to turn his life around, the judge told the court.

Sentence was deferred for six months to November 18 to see if the defendant would stay out of trouble.