Burglar struck at two takeaways in same morning

A prolific burglar who targeted two Blackpool takeaways the same morning has been jailed for 32 months.
Martin Brown, 52, who has 111 offences on his record, admitted burglary and theft of �120 from the Whitegate Takeaway in Whitegate Drive, Blackpool on March 20.
A prolific burglar who targeted two Blackpool takeaways the same morning has been jailed for 32 months. Martin Brown, 52, who has 111 offences on his record, admitted burglary and theft of �120 from the Whitegate Takeaway in Whitegate Drive, Blackpool on March 20.
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A prolific burglar who targeted two Blackpool takeaways the same morning has been jailed for 32 months.

Martin Brown, 52, who has 111 offences on his record, admitted burglary and theft of £120 from the Whitegate Takeaway in Whitegate Drive, Blackpool on March 20.

Brown, of Eskdale Avenue, Houghton-le-Spring, also admitted burglary with intent to steal from the Antalya takeaway on Bond Street in the resort, the same morning, and going equipped for theft.

Prosecuting at Preston’s Sessions House Court, Richard Bennett said trader Mr Zarook, who runs the Whitegate Takeway, had heard a noise at about 8.30am on March 20.

He added: “He lives above the premises and he heard a noise coming from his shop and he heard that via a monitor which he has in his living quarters.

“When he heard the noise he was able to use an app on his mobile phone to view a visual monitor which looks into the premises, and when he did so he saw shadows moving around. He went to the shop and discovered the back door was open. There was no-one there but he discovered the till had been opened and £120 was missing.”

Police recognised the notorious burglar from CCTV which showed him walking into the rear yard before removing the lead to the camera.

The court heard at 11.30am the owner of the Antalya takeaway arrived to find the back door open.

Mr Bennett said: “ She looked at CCTV and it showed the defendant entering through the back door at about 9am. The male was observed to shine a torch around and check the till. He was noted to be wearing a hoodie, but at one point the hood fell down giving a clear view of the defendant.”

Brown, whose criminal record dates back to the 1980s, was arrested the following day in a blue Jaguar car. Officers found items linked to theft including a screwdriver, torch, gloves and a sledgehammer inside.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said: “You have an extremely long list of convictions. It’s clear from your record you have been a career criminal so far as burglary is concerned.”