Three years for bur­glar who left his mo­bile phone be­hind

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

A bungling house­breaker who left his mo­bile phone be­hind when he broke into a Ruther­glen house has been jailed for more than three years.

Dun­can Welsh (29), ad­mit­ted a string of house­break­ings and steal­ing items in­clud­ing a car, ma­chin­ery and cash.

But the dopey rob­ber dropped his phone dur­ing one of his raids which was traced back to him.

The dad-of-three also left blood at the scene of one of his crimes which lead to him.

Welsh pled guilty at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court to break­ing into two houses and a car garage and at­tempt­ing to break into a com­mer­cial premises in Ruther­glen, be­tween De­cem­ber 29, 2013 and Jan­uary 20, this year.

Sher­iff Ken­neth Mitchell sentenced him to a to­tal of 163 weeks in jail for his crimes.

The court heard Welsh re­moved the fac­ing on the porch door and smashed the lock on it, at a house on John­ston Drive, Ruther­glen.

He took car keys, mo­bile phones, cash, bank cards and the fob to the garage door.

The home­owner was asleep and wasn’t aware of any­thing un­til they got up the fol­low­ing day and saw the dam­age to the door - and that their Mazda car was gone.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Ruth RossDavie said the goods taken from the house were on the garage floor ex­cept the £200 cash and the car keys.

She said the value of the stolen car and cash is £6072.

Days later Welsh broke into DP Mo­tors’ car garage on Cath­cart Place in the town and stole a di­ag­nos­tic ma­chine and tools worth a to­tal of £4988.

CCTV cap­tured the house­breaker us­ing a lad­der to get up to a win­dow and smash­ing it to get inside the build­ing.

Welsh then at­tempted to break in to J Smith Toys and Games on Al­leys­bank Road with in­tent to steal.

On Jan­uary 9, the owner saw a smashed win­dow and no­ticed foot­prints on the bon­net of a car parked out­side it.

There was noth­ing dis­turbed or miss­ing but the po­lice were called and they spot­ted two small droplets of blood on the bon­net of the car, which turned out to be Welsh’s blood.

The last house­break­ing of­fence was on Jan­uary 20 at Avon­bank Road when Welsh stole cans of beer.

Miss Ross-Davie said the home­owner left his house around 7.30pm and re­turned around 11.30pm to find his kitchen win­dow smashed.

Noth­ing was miss­ing ex­cept some cans and he saw a mo­bile phone in the kitchen sink and tele­phoned the po­lice.

The pros­e­cu­tor added: “They seized the mo­bile tele­phone that in due course was iden­ti­fied as be­long­ing to Dun­can Welsh.”

They seized the mo­bile tele­phone that in due course was iden­ti­fied as be­long­ing to Dun­can Welsh

Theft Dun­can Welsh broke into DP Mo­tors’ garage in Cath­cart Place and stole a di­ag­nos­tic ma­chine and tools worth a to­tal of £4988

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