A ‘career burglar’ has been jailed after using his prison release money to buy and pawn off stolen jewellery.
Gary Davenport, of Claremont Road, Accrington, had only been released from prison for a few days when he was arrested for selling gold rings stolen in a house burglary to Cash Converters in the town centre.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the jewellery had been taken from a house on Christ Church Street in Accrington only nine hours earlier.
Davenport, 32, was found guilty after a trial of dishonestly receiving stolen goods and was jailed for two years.
He was cleared of a separate charge of burglary.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court how Davenport went into Cash Convertors on November 2at 9am to sell the stolen rings.
He told the court how Davenport had ‘not been out of prison for very long’ for convictions for burglary, adding that Davenport claimed to have bought the stolen goods from ‘a man on the street’.
The jury heard how when Davenport was quizzed by police about how he paid for the jewellery, he said he used some of his discharge allowance given to prisoners released from custody.
Mr Parker said: “Fresh out of the prison gates almost from his last stretch of burglary, he is once again reverting to type.”
The jury heard how Davenport originally told police in an interview he ‘bumped into some lads’ who offered him two rings and a chain for £100, however he ‘bartered them down’ to £50.
He said he then sold the two rings for £55 but kept hold of the chain to sell it separately.