Thief left trainer be­hind dur­ing break-in to shop

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES -

A THIEF who broke into a Spec­savers shop was iden­ti­fied af­ter leav­ing a shoe be­hind.

Drug ad­dict Laid­law, 37, of Soap­work House, Soap­work Lane, ad­mit­ted at Dundee Sher­iff Court to break­ing into Spec­savers, 53 Mur­ray­gate, on Au­gust 27 and tak­ing spec­ta­cles, an iPad, coins and a lens case.

Fis­cal de­pute Char­maine Gil­martin told the court po­lice noted there was a large hole in the door. There was blood on the glass and frame of the door and on the front step.

CCTV showed the ac­cused kick­ing at the door sev­eral times, re­peat­edly try­ing to pull the glass panel up with his hands and then him crawl­ing through the hole he made in the glass.

When Laid­law re­turned to the home­less unit, po­lice saw he was ex­tremely un­der the in­flu­ence of a sub­stance and was wear­ing no sock or shoe on his left foot.

His left an­kle was swollen and he had cuts on his right hand and blood on both his hands and he was found with a pair of glasses and a lens case which had been stolen from the shop.

At the shop a white Nike left­foot trainer was found, which matched the trainer he was wear­ing when he was ar­rested.

Ms Gil­martin said the break in cost an es­ti­mated £10,000.

Sher­iff Alas­tair Brown de­ferred sen­tence un­til De­cem­ber 14 for re­ports and re­manded Laid­law in cus­tody.

Dou­glas Laid­law

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