Blackburn burglar comes clean over thefts
10:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A MAN serving time for burglary put himself in the frame for other crimes by writing a letter of confession to the police.
Mark Brown owned up to carrying out a raid at the Boulder UK outdoor wear business, off King Street in Blackburn, plus five other offences.
His efforts to wipe the slate clean came as he approached 40 and believed he had reached a turning point in his life.
The 39-year-old, who is already serving three years and four months for burglary and theft, appeared at Preston Crown Court where a judge gave him a 16-month sentence.
This means he will not have to stay in any longer than his earliest release date of May next year.
In the present case, he had pleaded guilty to burglary and asked for three other burglaries of non dwellings, one attempted burglary and one theft from a vehicle to be considered.
Joseph Allman, prosecuting, said the burglary at Boulder UK dated back to February last year.
Brown stole £2,000 of waterproof jackets, took £70 from a till and caused £300 of damage.
Mr Allman said: "The defendant's involvement did not come to light until June this year when he was produced from prison, at his own request, and admitted this offence, along with those being taken into consideration.
"On his own admission, he and another person had carried out the offence."
Adrian Williams, defending, said: "He wrote to the police from custody to bring it to the police attention, as well as other matters.
"He tells me he has reached what he considers to be a turning point in his life.
"He knows he will continue to serve in prison until at least May next year, but is highly motivated, with a very positive attitude to try and do something different with his life.
"In his words, he is now getting too old and fears his life will be a lot shorter unless he changes."
The court was also told that Brown had twice met the victim of the house burglary from the previous case, as part of restorative justice. He intended to go to the school where she worked to pass on his life experiences to young people.
Judge Philip Sycamore told Brown that burglaries caused massive disruption to people's lives and could have a lasting effect on their sense of security.
He said: "It is to your credit that you took it upon yourself to try and wipe the slate clean. I recognise the offences would not have been detected had you not volunteered information."