Criminal blames financial problems

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man returned to his old criminal ways after getting into financial trouble when he was left to run a house.

Michael Roberts burgled a chip shop and pawned computer equipment which had been stolen from a church.

Roberts, 25, of Egremont Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, receiving stolen goods and failing to answer bail.

He was remanded in custody to August 23 for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates.

Alan Godwin, defending, said Roberts’s mother had gone to care for an elderly relative in Preston, leaving Roberts in charge of paying the household bills for their three-bedroomed home.

Roberts, who also had to pay the keep for his mother’s two dogs and two cats, got into financial difficulties.

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