Pair spared jail over heist at beach on Christmas Eve
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