Cin­derella thief ad­mits break-in

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A 37-year-old man who lost his shoe while break­ing in to a Dundee busi­ness has ad­mit­ted steal­ing var­i­ous items.

Dou­glas Laid­law, for­merly of Soap­work Lane House, Dundee, ad­mit­ted punch­ing and kicking his way into a Dundee Spec­savers store be­fore mak­ing off with an iPad, silver coins, a quan­tity of glasses and a lens case.

The theft hap­pened on Au­gust 27.

On Tues­day, Dundee Sheriff Court was told Laid­law forced open a hole in the door of the Mur­ray­gate out­let be­fore clam­ber­ing in­side.

CCTV footage showed him go­ing into ex­am­i­na­tion rooms and “forcibly re­mov­ing” an iPad.

When he was stopped by po­lice, Laid­law was miss­ing a sock and shoe on one foot and com­plained of hav­ing a swollen an­kle.

He left such a trail of de­struc­tion at the shop that Spec­savers was forced to close briefly. The court was told the loss of busi­ness as a re­sult of Laid­law’s ac­tions amounted to an es­ti­mated £10,000.

Hun­dreds of pounds was also spent re­mov­ing the blood stains he left be­hind.

Sheriff Alas­tair Brown told Laid­law he would be en­ti­tled to sen­tence him to five years in prison, but said it was in both his and the pub­lic’s in­ter­est if he did not re­of­fend.

In­stead, Sheriff Brown de­ferred sen­tence un­til De­cem­ber 14 to gain crim­i­nal and so­cial work re­ports.

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