Police catch Blackburn charity box thief
8:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
POLICE have caught a man who failed to appear at court to be sentenced for stealing two charity boxes.
Ian Ashworth, 44, of Commercial Road, Blackburn, was arrested on August 10 and charged with two offences of burglary after two charity collection boxes were stolen from St Wulstan’s RC Church, Great Harwood, on August 4.
Ashworth was on court bail but left court before being sentenced. Police arrested him in Edward Street, Nelson, on Friday at 9am and brought him before Blackburn Magistrates' Court, charged with two further counts of burglary in Nelson and Accrington.
The first charge related to a burglary at a house in Whalley Road, Accrington, on August 29, when an iPhone worth £250 was stolen.
The second was a burglary on a house in Swain Street, Nelson, at around 10am on Wednesday.
Ashworth is alleged to have smashed a small window at the back of the house, reached in and unlocked the door.
A handbag, £200 in cash and four gold rings, totalling £1,200 were stolen.
Ashworth will be sentenced at Burnley Crown Court on Monday October 14.