Jail warn­ing af­ter phone theft

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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