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Man stole cash after sustaining personal injury at work

A thief who stole cash from a pub's safe so he could support himself has appeared in court.

David Rickwood, 19, who turned to a life of crime after a sustaining a personal injury, claims he had to continue supporting himself financially.

Earlier this year he stole 4,000 of equipment from a musician's car, which forced the man to miss performances at concerts.

In April it was also discovered that Mr Rickwood had stolen 450 from a Burnley pub and tried to hide the cash in the hood of his jacket when police arrested him.

Officers tracked down Mr Rickwood after his description matched the same as one given by the owner of the Shepards Arms.

Police found the 450 in his jacket and tested a footprint left at the pub, which also proved to be his.

Mr Rickwood had contacted personal injury solicitors and was tying to claim injury compensation after sustaining an elbow injury in an accident at work.

David Leach, defending, commented on his personal injury claiming that the 19-year-old was keen to support himself and acted on impulse.

At Burnley Crown Court Mr Rickwood admitted burglary, two theft charges and allegations of failing to surrender.

He was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

 

 

 
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