A store manager had to tackle one of Blackpool’s most prolific burglars when he found him with a “fistful of cash” in a private office.
Heavily-convicted criminal Steven Fuller, 37, was found rifling through a till in a private office in an “enterprise doomed to fail”, Preston’s Sessions House Court heard.
You have one of most extensive criminal records I’ve ever had to read
It was just two and half weeks after Fuller, of Pleasant Street, Blackpool, had been released from prison.
The judge, Recorder Shaw, said: “You have one of most extensive criminal records I’ve ever had to read.
“I’ve struggled to find a single period in 12 months where you were not before the court. Here you are again.”
But he agreed to suspend his 18-month jail term for two years after his guilty plea, adding: “ I’m giving you this opportunity to see if you can get to terms with your addictions.”
Stephen Parkinson, prosecuting, said: “On October 5 this year Mr Seddon, a store manager at Cash Converters, was working when he had cause to go into a private office at the rear through a private door. As he went in he saw the defendant crouched on the floor in front of the tills. He could see he had an amount of cash. It was apparent to him he was in process of stealing money.
“He jumped up from his crouched position and tried to barge out of the door. When this attempt failed, he tried to jump over the counter to get out of the office.
“The manager grabbed him and colleagues came to assist and police came to arrest the defendant.
“He made a full and frank admission.”
The court heard Fuller has 54 previous convictions for 112 offences, including six for house burglaries and 25 for other burglaries. He has been recalled to prison and is due to be released in November.
Defending, Paul Robinson said: “You will have detected a history of drug and alcohol abuse over the years. On this occasion it was an opportunistic offence. It was doomed to fail from the start.”
The judge said it was time to break this cycle of his offending and added: “ I’m giving you this opportunity to see if you can get to terms with your addictions.”