Serial thief who stole batteries was charged after being caught twice on CCTV in Lanark yard

Airdrie Sheriff Court -Credit:Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Airdrie Sheriff Court -Credit:Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

A serial thief who kept getting caught on CCTV has been jailed for more than two years.

Stewart Brown struck twice at the same Lanark yard, stole money from a bowling club and also broke into a house in the town.

The 34-year-old was sentenced when he admitted four charges at Airdrie Sheriff Court this week.

The court heard he kept offending despite being caught and given bail.

Lauren Cole, prosecuting, said Brown stole lorry batteries and tools from Power Tech Transport in Whitelees Road, Lanark, on June 15, 2022. He returned to the yard on January 11 last year and made off with another battery from a vehicle.

On each occasion after the theft was discovered, the business owner reviewed his CCTV and this showed Brown in the yard in the early hours of the morning. During the first raid he could be seen loading up a vehicle with batteries and tools.

Brown targeted Lanark Bowling Club in the town's Castlegate on June 18, 2022.

Mrs Cole told the court: "He was seen on CCTV breaking into a fruit machine at 4.30am. He stole £250 in cash.

"Police officers identified him from the CCTV images."

Brown was the subject of four bail orders when he broke into a house in Smyllum Park, Lanark, on May 4 last year.

He stole money, watches, video games, bank cards and mobile phones.

The break-in happened when the householders were away. A neighbour noticed a door was lying open. Cupboards and drawers had been ransacked.

The court heard that stolen items, including the watches, were recovered when police officers searched Brown's home.

Defence solicitor Archie Hill said his client has a record for crimes of dishonesty, but added: "There are gaps in his offending when he takes himself away from using drugs.

"He does have some support and is hopeful of a better future."

Sheriff Paul Haran told Brown: "Standing the natures of these charges and your record of similar offending, I'm satisfied there is no alternative to a custodial sentence."

Brown was jailed for 26 months, reduced from three years because of his guilty pleas.

The sentence was backdated to June 19 last year as he has been in custody since then.

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