A BLACKPOOL man was today sentenced to a total of five years, seven months and one week’s imprisonment for a number of burglary, theft and other offences committed between September and November of this year.
Alan Smith, 37, of Chatsworth Avenue, Blackpool, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court having previously been found guilty of one count of dwelling burglary, one count of non-dwelling burglary, one count of shoplifting, one count of possession of a knife in a public place and two counts of assaulting a police officer at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court last month.
The first offence took place on Tuesday 12 November of this year when Smith entered an address on Heddon Road, Blackpool, stealing a laptop, games consoles, other electrical equipment, clothing, a handbag, a sports bag, and alcohol. The second offence took place on Saturday 14 September of the year when Smith entered a property that is part of Blackpool and the Fylde College on Palatine Road, Blackpool, stealing another laptop and a digital camera. The third offence took place on Thursday 5 September of this year when Smith entered a shop on Topping Street, Blackpool, again stealing a laptop. When then being arrested for the third offence on the same date, Smith assaulted two Special Constables. Finally, the forth offence took place on Thursday 19 September of this year when Smith was found to have two kitchen knives in his possession without good reason while at a dental practice on Alfred Street, Blackpool.
DS Steven Hallam of Blackpool CID said; “Smith is a prolific offender in the area who has caused misery to residents across Blackpool.
“We strongly believe he is committing offences to fund a drug addiction he cannot kick, and so, we welcome the court’s decision to imprison him today as he would continue to offend otherwise.”
The sentencing comes as Lancashire Constabulary come towards the end of Operation Julius, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries across the county.
It has run since October, and has seen officers using a range of overt and covert tactics including visits to Lancashire’s top 30 burglary suspects, executing warrants and high-visibility police patrols.
Residents are urged to;
Ensure all your access doors (front, back and patio doors) are locked and windows closed when leaving the house, or going to bed.
If windows are open while you are in during the day, keep them on a secured latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside.
Keep side gates locked.
Consider fitting outdoor security lighting.
Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious contact police.
Further crime prevention advice is available by visiting www.lancashire.police.uk.
Anyone with information or concerns about burglary can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.