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Phone thief targeted pubs

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A plasterer stole mobile phones from two customers in St Annes pubs.

Joseph Brogden, 27, of Lytham Road, South Shore, pleaded not guilty to two offences of theft but was found guilty of both after a trial in his absence. He admitted failing to answer bail.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Sarah Gruffydd, prosecuting, said a man waiting to play snooker at the Victoria Hotel, St Annes, left his phone in his jacket while he went out for a cigarette on April 4.

CCTV showed Brogden taking the mobile.

On May 8 a man was in the Sandhills pub, St Annes, when Brogden asked to borrow his phone to call a friend who had been ejected from the pub.

Brogden then walked off with the phone and did not return.

Brogden told police he had been drunk that day but he had made the call and then threw the phone into the entrance of the pub.

Peter Manning, defending, said Brogden had been released from prison on November 13 and the trial date of November 27 had slipped his mind.

He still maintained he had not taken the phones.

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