‘Desperate’ laptop thief handed jail warning

A serial thief who stole a laptop from a ScottishPower vehicle, to pay for his heating costs, had sentence deferred for six months, until July 17, with a warning that further offending would cost him his liberty.

Peter Craig, 37, of Anderson Place, Hawick, appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court and admitted entering an insecure vehicle in Sime Place, Galashiels, on January 14, and stealing a laptop.

Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock said ScottishPower engineers had been working on a fault and parked their vehicle, with the laptop inside.

Craig was seen by police with the stolen laptop.

“Theft is a habit for him,” admitted defence solicitor Iain Burke.

“The door to the vehicle was open and the laptop was sitting inside. He took it because he was desperate for money for heating, and was going to sell it,” added Mr Burke.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond warned Craig: “Commit any further offending and I will send you to jail.”