Man stole from Good Samaritan

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A callous thief stole from a woman who took pity on him and invited him for a meal at her home.

David Campbell raided the woman’s handbag and took a mobile phone and a camera from her handbag while she was preparing the food.

Campbell, 51, of Kincraig Place, Bispham, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was sentenced to eight weeks jail suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision with nine months drink rehabilitation and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said a 44-year-old woman took pity on Campbell and invited him for a meal at her Blackpool home on May 17.

She left her handbag while she prepared the food and Campbell took her phone and camera.

After leaving the woman’s home Campbell was stopped by police and the stolen items found.

The victim, who had not yet realised her property was missing, told police when they informed her of the theft, that she had given Campbell a small bottle of wine and that he was very drunk.

When interviewed Campbell said he was shocked and he did know how he had come into possession of the woman’s property.

He added that once he realised he had the items he would have returned them.