Blackpool restaurant is next victim of petty thievery

La Fontana, Clifton Street, Blackpool
La Fontana, Clifton Street, Blackpool

An opportunist thief helped himself to a bag left inside a car parked outside a Blackpool restaurant – before hurriedly walking off.

The crook pounced just days after at least seven businesses in and around the resort were targeted in a series of smash-and-grab raids, and as it was revealed the No. 3 pub on the corner of Devonshire Road and Whitegate Drive was also broken into.

Italian eatery La Fontana shared CCTV footage on its Facebook page alongside the words ‘thieving scumbag’ on Wednesday – with a worker saying the rucksack contained Apple earphones, trainers and sports gear, a running watch, and around £50 in cash.

The incident is not thought to be linked to the string of break-ins reported in The Gazette on Wednesday.

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The owner, who did not want to be named, said he was unloading his BMW X6 and ‘went inside for a seconds’.

He said: “When I got back to the car I was annoyed that some opportunist had stolen my bag as my Apple ear pods were bought for me by my kids at Christmas.”

Greene King, which runs the No. 3 pub, said it was burgled in the early hours of Tuesday, and added: “The pub was closed at the time so no one was hurt and there was very little damage to the property.”

Meanwhile, police last night confirmed a man and woman have been charged over a series of burglaries, including at some of the takeaways targeted earlier this week.

They relate to seven offences, including two break-ins at Kate’s in Woodland Grove.

Police were last night unable to provide further details about the pair who have been charged.