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Inverness Sheriff Court hears how a Hogmanay first footer caught a man stealing from his car

By Alasdair Fraser

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Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.

A New Year first footer got an unwelcome Hogmanay message when visiting a friend after the bells.

The motorist had parked his car in Ashton Road, Inverness but left it unlocked, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

However, a short time later, he was told that someone was “rummaging around” in his vehicle and he went outside to confront the thief.

Inside the car was 26-year-old Ian Grant, from nearby King Duncan’s Road, holding an iPod which had been left in the glove compartment, fiscal depute Pauline Gair told Sheriff Robert Frazer. “He attempted to flee but was caught,” Mrs Gair added.

Defence solicitor Graham Mann said: “It will come as no surprise to the court that he [Grant] was under the influence of alcohol at the time. He has little recollection of it and there is no excuse for this.”

Grant appeared from custody and admitted theft as well as a number of previous convictions.

Deferring sentence until February 17 for a background report, Sheriff Frazer released Grant on bail, adding: “All options are open to the court. You have a schedule of previous convictions which does you no credit at all.”

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