A MAN who admitted trying to carry out a number of metal thefts at premises in Hawick was granted bail at Duns Sheriff Court last Wednesday.
Twenty-nine-year-old Christopher Scott, of Orchard Terrace, pleaded guilty to two charges of attempting to force a door with intent to steal in Stonefield Place on May 21.
Fiscal Kate McGarvey told the court that at around 4am a resident was awoken by a loud bang and as they went to investigate heard footsteps on a stairwell outside.
Minutes later a neighbour also heard clattering and saw someone standing at their front door then running off.
A man in a red top was spotted looking up at the flats and police were contacted.
Scott was traced and was found in possession of a screwdriver, bolt cutters, spanners, stanley knife, hammers and pliers.
When interviewed by police, Scott said the tools were for metal theft and his reply to being charged was: “Sorry I regret it. It’s not something I’d usually do.”
Sentence was deferred for reports and Scott was bailed to appear on June 10.