Thief broke into Fife house and stole mobile phones and laptop

A Fife thief who admitted breaking into a house in Leven will be sentenced later on this year.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 11:39 am

David Robertson, of Gladstone Street, Leven appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Robertson, 41, admitted on June 12, or June 13, 2019 he broke into a house in Balfour Street, Leven and stole a quantity of mobile phones, a laptop and a power bank.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court: “The house owner had gone to bed at 11pm , and when he did so, the house was secure.

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The case called at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

"At around 1.30am, police on mobile patrol saw a male on a bike on Scoonie Road in Leven, near the scene. He had a blue rucksack and was wearing a blue jacket.

"Officers went to try and speak to him but he cycled off down a street.

"They carried out a search of Gladstone Street – where the accused’s home address is – and came across a bike and a rucksack which contained a number of items referred to in this case.

"At that time nothing had been reported stolen, so the items were taken as found property by the police.”the court was told the householder noticed the following morning there had been a disturbance.

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Added the depute fiscal: "The top part of the bathroom window was missing and a door to a cupboard in his living room was open. He noticed two mobile phones and a laptop were missing.

"Police were contacted and attended. When they went back to Levenmouth Police Station they were told about the items which had been found.

"The items were shown to the house owner who confirmed that the laptop and the mobile phones were the items missing from his house.”

The Procurator Fiscal Depute said officers had some difficulty in tracing Mr Robertson but finally tracked him down at his mother’s address on November 18. He was cautioned and charged.

Robertson’s defence lawyer said: “He does not have a huge recollection of what happened but he recognises it must have been very upsetting for the owner of the house.”

He said his client is engaging with addiction services.

Sentence was deferred until September 23 to consider Robertson’s suitability for doing unpaid work.

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