Burglary loot spent on ‘fags and stuff’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A woman aiming to keep off drugs burgled two addresses when she had a relapse.

Suzanne Boyle stole a phone and cash card from the room of a mum and her baby son at a hostel.

Later that same month she took a jar of coins from a flat on Melbourne Avenue, Blackpool.

The 24-year-old, of Hornfield Road, Blackpool, had been committed by magistrates for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on two offences of burglary she had admitted.

The first crime was at a hostel room on Garton Street, Blackpool, on June 7.

George Matthews, prosecuting, said the victim woke one morning to realise her purse and phone, worth around £500, were missing.

Her bank card was in the purse and £100 was withdrawn from her account.

When CCTV was reviewed, it showed a woman entering that room for eight minutes in the early hours. Boyle was identified by police and another resident from that footage.

On June 20, she burgled the flat on Melbourne Avenue. A whiskey bottle full of change had been left on a windowsill.

The following morning the window was wide open. The bottle was missing and footmarks were on the window ledge.

Boyle later told police she had been to visit the man living there. She got no answer and had gone round the back before stealing the jar through an open window.

She spent the £29.50 change on “fags and stuff”. The occupant was left very upset by what happened.

The woman living at the hostel suffered a lot of distress through her room being burgled.

Boyle spoke of visiting a friend at the hostel and finding a room insecure.

She sold the stolen phone for £30 to buy food. Boyle had 78 previous offences on her record. Since the latest offences, she had served a short prison term for dishonesty.

Paul Robinson, defending, said she had lived drug free after being released from jail in January.

“That was up until the time of the offences when she had a relapse.

“Thankfully, she has sorted herself out again and is back on the straight and narrow. In the last four months she has shown an ability to work with agencies who are there to help her.”

Boyle was given 12 months prison, suspended for two years with two years’ supervision and told to pay a £100 surcharge.

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