A housebreaker was today (Tuesday) jailed for 14 months - after he stole foreign currency from a house then immediately took it to a Post Office to convert it into Sterling.
Paul Richardson was spotted on CCTV converting 100 Australian Dollars and 30 Euros into UK notes at a Post Office in Fife hours after stealing it from a rural cottage in Kingskettle.
When the theft was discovered police went straight to the postmaster to check if anyone had exchanged that currency.
Staff confirmed a man had - and handed over CCTV footage showing Richardson changing the money.
He was then seen making off in a car - which was later found outside his girlfriend’s house - despite the fact he is banned from driving.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court Richardson had been linked to a series of break ins - including one at the home of an 86-year-old man who had a watch and £200 in cash stolen while he was at church.
Richardson (32) a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of theft by housebreaking committed at a house in Kingskettle, Cupar on July 14, driving while disqualified in Leven the same day and resetting a watch and laptop at an address in Glenrothes on July 16.
Katrina Clark, defending, said: “He has an extensive record.
“He has a ten-year-old son and he realises he is wasting his life in prison.”
Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC jailed Richardson for 14 months and 15 days.
She said: “You are someone who has a lengthy record of previous convictions for these types of offences and that makes it all the more serious.”