Jail warning after phone theft
A Dundee man with a “lengthy” criminal record is facing jail after stealing a mobile phone.
Paul Coombs has a list of previous convictions so long that even a sheriff had problems keeping track of them.
The 45-year-old admitted the latest offence, which happened on September 11 at Tesco on the Murraygate.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard Coombs, of Bonnethill Court, picked up a mobile phone belonging to a customer at the self-service checkout.
As soon as he realised his phone was missing, the owner returned to the till and security were alerted.
Forty minutes later, Coombs had a change of heart and came back to the store to apologise and hand the device in.
However, the SIM card was missing and Coombs admitted it had snapped in two.
Defence solicitor Barry Flynn said: “It was an opportunistic crime. He is getting help for drug misuse and is volunteering.”
He pointed out that Coombs had pled guilty at the earliest opportunity but added: “I accept he has a lengthy record.”
Coombs will be sentenced on February 9.
Addressing him, Sheriff Rafferty said: “It’s quite difficult to follow the previous convictions. Your record of crimes of dishonesty and breaching community-based disposal together with the fact that this offence was committed while on bail all point to a custodial sentence.”