Drunken man stole from staff

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A man drank through the night at a hotel bar then burgled the staff quarters.

Jack Smith was so drunk he did not remember taking the hotelier’s wallet car keys and phone and then sitting in the hotelier’s car after turning the engine on.

Smith, 21, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing. He was sentenced to 12 months supervision, fined £25 with £85 costs £50 compensation plus £60 victims’ surcharge and disqualified from driving for 12 months by Blackpool magistrates.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said Smith was in the bar of the hotel on October 7 at 2am. At 7.30am he and another person were asked to leave and the bar was closed up.

The hotelier was then alerted by a neighbour that a man was in his car with the engine running. Smith had gone into the staff room and removed the hoteliers car keys, wallet and phone.

He told police he had been very drunk and had no recollection of taking the items.