Thief left ho­tel key at scene of crime

The Oban Times - - News -

A MAN who left his ho­tel key at a crime scene was caught red-handed by po­lice of­fi­cers with stolen goods sleep­ing out­side the door of his ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Gra­ham MacGil­livray, 41, was sen­tenced to two years in prison when he ap­peared at Oban Sher­iff Court on Mon­day.

MacGil­livray pled guilty to strik­ing a win­dow of The Gem Box on Oban’s Es­planade with an axe be­fore break­ing into a car and steal­ing money, an air fresh­ener and chocolate coins on De­cem­ber 12 last year.

Po­lice were alerted to the crime after CCTV footage showed MacGil­livray and two ac­com­plices at­tempt­ing to break into the shop shortly after 2.29am.

The men had booked into a nearby ho­tel and were wit­nessed by ho­tel staff com­ing and go­ing out the ho­tel and be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously.

MacGil­livray said he had found the axe on the street.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty said that po­lice had tried to speak to MacGil­livray about the crime but he was not in his ho­tel room.

They later dis­cov­ered that after break­ing into the car, he had gone to a party in the town.

But po­lice had re­trieved his ho­tel key and fin­ger­prints from a can of beer MacGil­livray had ‘en­joyed’ in the car be­fore he made off with £100 in £1 coins, chocolate coins and a car air fresh­ener.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC sen­tenced MacGil­livray to two years in prison.

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