Thief stole a crate of beer

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A BRAZEN thief went into a shop with the intention of stealing alcohol and took a crate of beer.

Dominic Burns then shared the stolen booze with friends at a party at an address near the shop he had raided.

Burns, a labourer, 24, of Stratford Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a conditional discharge for stealing alcohol.

He was sentenced to go to an attendance centre for 24 hours and ordered to pay £19 compensation, £85 costs and £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the owner of the Londis store, on Wood Street, St Annes, saw Burns pick up a box of beer and run out on Sunday January 20, at 3pm

The owner yelled at him to stop but he ran off into the town centre.

He then doubled back, went into an address on Wood Street and drank the beer with friends.

When interviewed Burns said he went into the shop with the intention of stealing alcohol.

John McLaren, defending, said his client, who on rare occasions was prone to binge drinking, was drunk at the time and took the beer to a party.

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