Rooftop run­ner plunged 20ft af­ter raid on home

Thief’s des­per­ate es­cape bid fails to foil cops

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

A dad was caged yes­ter­day af­ter break­ing into a house be­fore try­ing to es­cape over rooftops and plung­ing 20ft.

James McCaig, 37, was spot­ted try­ing to jemmy open a win­dow be­fore smash­ing it.

He legged it through gar­dens and on to a builders yard roof be­fore fall­ing and be­ing pinned down by work­ers.

The yob was jailed for 17 months af­ter he ad­mit­ted forc­ing his way into the home at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court.

Prose­cu­tor Mar­garet Mc­Cal­lum told how a neigh­bour saw him forc­ing his way in be­fore he tum­bled to the pave­ment with a haul of stolen cash.

She said: “Po­lice made their way to the rear and saw the ac­cused stand­ing in the gar­den near the base­ment level win­dow. It had been smashed open.

“The of­fi­cers ap­proached and in­structed him to stop, but he made off on foot.

“He went through a back gar­den and over a wall and on to the roof of New­mac Asphalt.

“He made it to the far end of the roof and tried to make his way down a drain pipe.

“He fell about 15 to 20ft and landed on the ground.

“Two em­ploy­ees came out to in­ves­ti­gate the noise and saw him fall.

“Of­fi­cers shouted to ask them to de­tain him un­til they could come around.”

McCaig tar­geted the prop­erty in Oak­shaw Street East, Pais­ley, less than an hour af­ter steal­ing from a nearby Key­store.

He waited un­til staff were dis­tracted by bin­men, then grabbed scratch cards and swiped £390 from a jacket hang­ing in an of­fice.

The thief – a reg­u­lar cus­tomer at the Well Street busi­ness – dipped the coat be­fore be­ing caught rum­mag­ing for more cash around 6.45am on Novem­ber 17.

Ms Mc­Cal­lum added: “Mr Iqbal opened the Key­store – he’s the as­sis­tant man­ager.

“He heard the ac­cused of­fer to help, he de­clined and fin­ished deal­ing with the rub­bish.

“A cou­ple of min­utes later, he went into the of­fice and found the ac­cused go­ing through cup­board and boxes.

“He con­fronted the ac­cused and no­ticed he was hold­ing a money bag con­tain­ing £100 in £5 notes.

“He took the money back and told him to leave.”

McCaig was found with the stolen money and four books of lot­tery scratch cards af­ter fall­ing in Hunter Street.

He was also rapped af­ter he pled guilty to break­ing into a shed and steal­ing a bike in Ivy Gar­dens July 19.

And he also copped to try­ing to kick his way into the Car­phone Ware­house at the Phoenix Re­tail Park dur­ing a botched break-in the same day.

De­fence lawyer David Ni­chol­son ad­mit­ted his client had been hooked on heroin and had taken 30 street Val­ium be­fore steal­ing from the shop.

He said: “He has sought so­lace in il­licit sub­stances.

“He has a child, a seven-yearold.

“He recog­nises the dif­fi­cul­ties this is caus­ing his daugh­ter.

“He knows he can­not con­tinue in the man­ner he has.”

Sher­iff Seith Ire­land warned McCaig, of Waver­ley Road, there was no al­ter­na­tive but to send him to prison.

He said: “I have to have re­gard, not just to your per­sonal cir­cum­stances, but to the in­ter­ests of the pub­lic.

“You were tak­ing drugs when you com­mit­ted these of­fences. “But it is my view the safety of the pub­lic at large is para­mount.”

Jailed James McCaig

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