Colne man who stole from grandmother faces jail

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court
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A CHIP shop worker who pinched his Colne grannie’s cheque book whilst she was at a funeral and made himself £760, could be locked up.

Shane Michael Whittaker (22) had told Maureen Scott he had a job interview, but took the opportunity to break into her filing cupboard. Whittaker, who has a criminal record for various offences, claimed he owed a drugs debt, Pennine Magistrates heard.

The defendant, who works at Harry Ramsdens in Blackpool, admitted theft of the book in Colne, on April 8th, five counts of fraud by false representation, between April 14th and May 16th and theft from Barclays Bank PLC in Colne and Blackpool, on or between May 14th and 15th.

Whittaker, formerly of Talbot Street, Colne, and now of New South Promenade, Blackpool, was bailed until September 12th, for a pre-sentence report. The bench told him the offences were very, very serious and a breach of trust. The chairman added: “Grandmothers these days have limited income anyway.”

Alex Mann, prosecuting, told the court the defendant was supposed to be going to the funeral with his grandmother , but he told her he had a job interview and she said that was more important. When she got home she found her filing cabinet had been broken into.

The defendant had a record, including an offence of theft from his employer, which was also a breach of trust.

Lee Hammond, for Whittaker, said he was deeply remorseful for his actions and deeply ashamed to be in court.

The defendant had seen an easy opportunity to make money to pay off a drugs debt. The solicitor added: “To his credit, he has tried to remain offence -free as much as possible.”

Mr Hammond added Whittaker, who worked full time, had tried to move on, but still felt shame. The solicitor continued: “He has appeared before the court on a number of occasions, for a very wide range of offences.”