Drug user broke into home and stole Christmas presents

McArthur broke into a house on Chestnut Avenue, Kirkcaldy. Picture: Google
McArthur broke into a house on Chestnut Avenue, Kirkcaldy. Picture: Google

A Kirkcaldy woman’s home was broken into just before Christmas and the intruder left with two large bags of presents.

Gordon McArthur stole computer devices, tickets to Disneyland and holiday documents.

He also stole a credit card and went on a spending spree with it before the police tracked him down.

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McArthur (41) currently a prisoner at Perth, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on December 19 he broke into a house in Chestnut Avenue, Kirkcaldy, and stole a purse and contents, a credit card, a bag, a quantity of electrical items, household items, Disneyland tickets and quantity of holiday documentation.

He also admitted that on same date at Nisa, Overton Road, Loco, St Clair Street, Malthurst petrol station and two Bains Premier stores in St Clair Street, he pretended to employees that he was the lawful holder of a Tesco credit care and obtained £87.47 worth of cigarettes by fraud.

Depute fiscal Claire Lumsden said the victim got up that morning to find someone had broken in through a window.

Earlier at 3.30am, a neighbour had looked out of his window and saw a male crouching down by a hedge and then walking off carrying two bags.

The haul included iPads, two Disneyland Paris tickets, each worth £279 and a Harry Potter duvet.

Still carrying the bags, McArthur then went on spending spree buying over £80 worth of cigarettes from various shops.

The victim had contacted her bank and was told her card was being used.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “He accepts the matter is an unpleasant one. He’s had a significant problem with drugs.

“On this occasion he had taken Valium and Xanax and he doesn’t have much recollection thereafter.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair told McArthur: “People are entitled to feel secure in their home and you have a very bad record.”

He jailed McArthur for 16 months backdated to December 20 when he was taken into custody.

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