Black box tracker leads po­lice to car thief within an hour

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

A car thief was caught just an hour af­ter mak­ing his get­away af­ter the ve­hi­cle’s owner tracked it us­ing a mo­bile phone app and a “black box” de­vice fit­ted by his in­surance com­pany.

Guy We­ston ad­mit­ted car­ry­ing out the theft at an ad­dress in Ar­broath.

For­far Sher­iff Court heard We­ston’s vic­tim went to bed around 1am and his son re­turned home half an hour later and no­ticed the car wasn’t in the drive­way.

When the vic­tim found out the car was miss­ing he im­me­di­ately picked up his phone and loaded an app pro­vided by his in­surer, which in­stantly tracked it to Dundee’s Bon­nethill Court.

Po­lice went to the block of flats and found the ve­hi­cle parked out­side.

CCTV footage showed We­ston park­ing at the scene be­fore go­ing into the build­ing and en­ter­ing a flat.

Po­lice went to the door and their knock­ing went unan­swered but a man was seen throw­ing cloth­ing and a car key off the fifth-floor land­ing.

The ac­cused was found in the flat wear­ing dis­tinc­tive cloth­ing seen in the CCTV footage and the car was re­cov­ered, along with its con­tents.

We­ston, 34, a pris­oner at Perth, ad­mit­ted theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle on Fe­bru­ary 17.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate Jim Laverty said: “He ac­cepts the se­ri­ous na­ture of this par­tic­u­lar of­fence.

“He is cur­rently on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der im­posed be­fore this of­fence.”

Sher­iff Alas­tair Brown de­ferred sen­tence un­til next month for so­cial work back­ground re­ports and re­manded We­ston in cus­tody.

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