A man described as a public menace was targeted by police and was under surveillance when he was caught red-handed with property he had stolen from a doctor’s car.
Steven Beavers was seen by watching police to leave his home and then go to a doorway where there was a bag containing the doctor’s work diary, laptop case and two cheque books.
Beavers, 45, of The Spinney, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to three offences of theft from motor vehicles.
He has a previous criminal record of 157 offences.
He was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by Blackpool magistrates.
Presiding magistrate, Sandra O’Connell, said: “Yours is not an enviable record. You should be ashamed. You are a menace to the public.”
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police were carrying out a check at Beavers’ address on October 30.
He was seen leaving his home at 4.30am and police apprehended him in the doorway of an address in Melbourne Avenue. A bag containing property Beavers had stolen from a doctor’s BMW was also in the doorway.
When Beavers’ home was searched a mobile phone was found hidden in a chair cover and there was also a satellite navigation system.
Both had been stolen from cars.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, told magistrates that Beavers had had a drug problem in the past, and added: “He took advantage of people not looking after their vehicles.”