Jailed for steal­ing tools

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A man who stole tools from three sep­a­rate cars af­ter driv­ing while banned and with­out in­surance has been jailed for al­most three years.

“Per­sis­tent thief”Mal­colm Hutcheon, 48, whose ad­dress was given as Greenock Prison, was locked up by Sher­if­fWil­liam Gal­lacher last week for the crimes he ad­mit­ted.

These in­cluded forc­ing open a car and steal­ing tools in Ad­mi­ralty Gar­dens, Old Kil­patrick in October 2016 and Fe­bru­ary this year as well as driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­surance in October 2016 as he was head­ing to Ad­mi­ralty Gar­dens.

Hutcheon’s defence lawyer told the court he has an ex­ten­sive record in­volv­ing sim­i­lar crimes.

He added:“He has had an ad­dic­tion prob­lem over the years. He man­aged to ad­dress that in 2014 and was ab­sti­nent for a pe­riod of two years. He re­lapsed in October last year and be­came in­volved in these of­fences.

“It’s clear that he would ben­e­fit from an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody in the re­spect of a drug treat­ment and test­ing or­der.”

Lock­ing him up for 33 months and ban­ning him from driv­ing for five years, Sher­iff Wil­liam Gal­lacher said: “You’re a per­sis­tent thief and have been over many years.

“You’ve had op­por­tu­ni­ties in the past of do­ing other things and you have not done that.The of­fences you com­mit­ted were thought about, planned, or­gan­ised.

“You took your­self to an en­vi­ron­ment where you could get ac­cess to other peo­ple’s prop­erty. You did that by driv­ing a ve­hi­cle you were dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing.”

You’re a per­sis­tent thief and have been over many years

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