‘Distressed’ man turned to shop theft

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who was distressed because his sister was ill went out and deliberately stole from shops.

Ian Byrne was chased, caught and put under citizens arrest by a staff member from one store and property he had stolen from another shop was also found in his possession.

Byrne, 45, of Dickson Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences.

He was sentenced to a four week curfew from 10pm to 7am and ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said Bryne was pursued and caught after stealing £8 of chocolates from Home Bargains on January 17. When searched, four bags of underwear which he had stolen earlier from Marks and Spencer was found on him.

Steven Townley, defending, told magistrates: “At the time his mood was low because his sister was ill.”

“She has now passed away and her funeral takes place on Friday.

“He accepts going into stores to steal.”