Pair spared jail over heist at beach on Christ­mas Eve

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY CHRIS JAF­FRAY

A pair of north-east men who broke into a restau­rant and made off with the safe in a Christ­mas Eve heist have been spared jail.

Fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment with his girl­friend, Peter Mack con­tacted her fa­ther David Mcleod and, in a bizarre twist, they de­cided to stage a spur-of-the­mo­ment rob­bery.

The two men drove to the beach es­planade in Aberdeen where they de­cided to tar­get the Pier Bistro just be­fore 2am. The city’s sher­iff court heard they re­moved a pane of glass from the win­dow, made their way in­side and took a safe con­tain­ing al­most £1,800.

Less than an hour later the pair were be­ing hunted by the po­lice.

Staff who turned up to work the fol­low­ing morn­ing could hardly have failed to no­tice there had been a break-in.

Po­lice were called and viewed CCTV which clearly showed Mack, 30, and Mcleod car­ry­ing out the theft.

The two men were soon charged and con­fessed to the of­fence at the court, where they re­turned yes­ter­day to be sen­tenced.

Rep­re­sent­ing Mack, of Heathry­fold Cir­cle in Aberdeen, de­fence agent Laura Gra­cie said: “He tells me he is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed in him­self.

“His co-ac­cused en­tered first and then he helped him re­move the safe.”

Rep­re­sent­ing Mcleod, of Provost Rust Drive, de­fence agent Liam McAl­lis­ter said Mcleod was “43 years of age and has never acted in this man­ner pre­vi­ously”.

The safe and its con­tents were fully re­cov­ered.

Sher­iff Philip Mann fined Mack £600 and or­dered him to carry out 270 hours of un­paid work, while Mcleod was or­dered to carry out 225 hours of un­paid work.

He warned the pair a jail sen­tence could have been im­posed.

“He is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed in him­self”

CON­FESSED: Peter Mack, left, and David Mcleod at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court

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