Ve­hi­cle thefts: two in Oban court

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

FOL­LOW­ING an ap­peal on Face­book and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice in Oban and Taynuilt, last Fri­day morn­ing a man and a woman ap­peared from cus­tody at Oban Sher­iff Court charged with theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes was on the bench.

The pair made no plea or dec­la­ra­tion.

The two, 41-year-old Euion Smith, of 3 Mill­park Ter­race, Oban, and Melissa McLaugh­lin, 26, of 3A Mill­park Ter­race, Oban, jointly face two charges of steal­ing ve­hi­cles on July 29 and be­tween July 30 and 31.

Smith was fur­ther charged with two counts of driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance on the same dates. He was also charged with two in­stances of driv­ing with only a pro­vi­sional li­cence.

Trial dates have been set for Septem­ber 12 (in­ter­me­di­ate diet) and Oc­to­ber 11 for the full trial. The two ac­cused were re­leased on bail.

Po­lice Scot­land re­minded ve­hi­cle own­ers and driv­ers that car theft in the area re­mains very un­usual but ad­vised peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions to se­cure cars.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesper­son said: ‘Keep your car off the street if pos­si­ble. If you’re at home and you have a garage, then use it. Make sure you lock both the car and the garage.

‘Al­ways se­cure and lock your car, and re­move the keys. It is likely to in­val­i­date your in­sur­ance if you don’t do this.

‘If you don’t have a garage, make use of the drive­way if you have one. If park­ing in pub­lic or us­ing air­port park­ing, look for a car park with the Park Mark sign. These des­ig­nated car parks have com­plied with spe­cific mea­sures to de­ter crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

‘Lock all items out of sight. Don’t leave any­thing on dis­play and take valu­ables with you.

‘If you have a sat­nav, hide the cra­dle and take the sys­tem with you. Don’t for­get to wipe the suc­tion marks off the win­dow. If you have per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence in the ve­hi­cle, then take it with you.

‘Use an elec­tronic or me­chan­i­cal im­mo­biliser such as a steer­ing lock and if you have an alarm, then make sure it is set.’

Oban Sher­iff Court.

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