Thief targeted merchant three times in a week

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A brazen thief casually loaded his car with thousands of pounds of products at a builder’s merchants and drove away – three days in the same week.

Darren Wilson, 36, returned to his victim– C W Berry builder’s merchants in Leyland, twice after initially stealing roofing materials.

It was a substantial amount of property and very few items have been recovered

Preston Magistrates Court heard Wilson, also known as Anthony Fuller, loaded roofing products, including felt, and paint into his partner’s mobility vehicle when he arrived at the site on September 21 and drove off.

The goods were valued at £507.

When he returned the following day, he loaded two Velux windows and window flashing kits worth a total of £938 into his partner’s vehicle and drove off.

Wilson then returned a third time on September 24 and packed a colossal £1,408 of products, including three more Velux roof windows and three window kits into the car, again making no attempt to pay for them.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said: “He placed a large number of items in a car and left without paying.

“It was a substantial amount of property and very few items have been recovered.

“He persisted in going back two more times.”

Wilson, of Charles Street, Blackpool, also admitted driving while disqualified and without a licence.

He was ordered to pay back £200 compensation and was sentenced to 150 hours’ unpaid work.

District Judge Jane Goodwin imposed a £180 court charge, £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.

Wilson’s partner Sarah Falcomer, will appear before the same court on December 1 after admitting allowing her car to be used without insurance.