Burglar who ‘ransacked’ convenience store is jailed
APROLIFIC burglar who ‘ransacked’ a convenience store causing £1,600 worth of loss and damage has been jailed.
Kieran Devlin used a screwdriver to break into The General Store on Roe Greave Road in Oswaldtwistle and ‘turned the shop upside down’.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the 32-yearold and another unknown accomplice stole £700 worth of ciga- rettes, a Cancer Relief charity box containing around £50, a till with £150, £50 worth of batteries and £20 worth of razor blades. They also damaged several doors, rifled through cabinets and left paperwork strewn on the floor.
Devlin, who is originally from Accrington, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court how the incident happened on January 8 this year and the burglar alarm was ‘not working’ at the time.
Mr Nadat, who has run the store for 30 years with his family, arrived at work to find police at the scene and a safe dumped in the back yard.
Mr Parker said the shop had been ‘ransacked’ and that the back room had been ‘turned upside down’.
CCTV showed two men behind the counter ‘using torches or mobile phones as flashlights’.
The court heard how Devlin ‘ looked directly into the camera’ and then ‘tried to hide his face’ but was later identified by a police officer who ‘ knew him from a variety of dealings with him’.
In a victim impact statement Mr Nadat said he had ‘worked hard at the premises for the past three decades’ and that the burglary had ‘caused both him and his family considerable distress and inconvenience’.
The court was told that Devlin, now of Porritt Place, Lytham, was originally arrested and bailed in February for further forensic enquiries.
While on bail he twice burgled a funeral directors in Lytham in June and was given a sus- pended sentence by Preston Magistrates Court in July.
Mr Parker said a week later Devlin then appeared at Blackpool Magistrates Court for seven fraud offences and was jailed for 22 weeks.
Devlin was then given a consecutive eightmonth jail sentence in August at Preston Crown Court for an aggravated vehicle taking incident in April.
The court heard how Devlin has 27 convictions for 44 previous offences including five non-domestic burglaries and a robbery.
Kieran Devlin pleaded guilty to burglary of a shop in Oswaldtwistle