Bur­glar who ‘ran­sacked’ con­ve­nience store is jailed

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JON MACPHER­SON

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

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