A serial thief who nabbed three cars in 24 hours and swiped presents from beneath a Christmas tree has been locked up as soon as once more.
George Cowie stole jewelry, money and presents throughout a crime spree in Countesswells, Aberdeen, between December 23 and 24.
On one event he was nearly caught by a home-owner who discovered the 23-year-old in the act and rushed to cease him whereas carrying solely his underpants.
Cowie was capable of escape, however left traces of his DNA in the stolen Vauxhall Astra, Audi A3 and Ford Fiesta.
The cars have been returned to their house owners on Countesswells Park Road and Countesswells Park Place, and the thief wound up in custody for Christmas Day.
He admitted the thefts, and driving whereas disqualified and with out insurance coverage, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
Cowie appeared through video-link from HMP Grampian, having been sentenced to 20 months behind bars for a break-in earlier this 12 months.
Fiscal depute Felicity Merson stated Cowie’s first goal was a £5,000 white Vauxhall Astra.
When it was taken on December 23, 2019, it had two kids’s automotive seats, Christmas presents and a pram price £400 inside.
Mrs Merson stated the proprietor turned conscious at 5.30am once they noticed the kitchen window huge open and gadgets “strewn” throughout their again backyard.
It appeared Cowie, a prisoner at HMP Grampian, had searched by way of among the household’s belongings to see what is perhaps of curiosity, dumping the remnants behind him.
He left a pockets minus £150 in money, a handbag and not using a financial institution card and various presents which had been beneath the household’s Christmas tree and had their wrapping torn off.
Cowie stole two watches which have been later discovered by police in his own residence.
Just hours later he struck once more – this time eyeing a £15,000 Audi A3 from a close-by property.
Mrs Merson stated: “At round 6am the occupant was upstairs however heard a noise downstairs.
“They noticed torchlight and somebody shifting round.
“They shouted at them to leave then heard the back door and the car speeding away.”
Police later discovered the Audi in one other a part of Aberdeen and found Cowie’s DNA on its steering wheel.
When Cowie returned to the world to steal a Ford Fiesta the subsequent evening – Christmas Eve – he was nearly apprehended.
“At around 1am the owner heard a noise and saw his car moving backwards,” Mrs Merson defined.
“He ran from the home in his underpants, and took a knife.
“The accused was seen in the driver’s seat, struggling to get the engine started.”
As the automotive door was not closed, the person grabbed Cowie’s jacket.
But this intervention got here simply because the automotive – regarded as price round £eight,000 – set off.
This induced the person, now in moist socks, to lose his footing and slip – requiring medical therapy for his accidents.
Cowie was arrested just a few hours later.
His solicitor, David Sutherland, stated his shopper’s actions arose “primarily through boredom and an immature attitude”.
He added: “There was no attempt to blame negative peer influence because so many of these crimes were on his own.”
Cowie was locked up in 2014 for working with others to steal sports activities cars from exterior an oil tycoon’s mansion.
In current years he has admitted a number of different associated offences, together with repeatedly flouting court-imposed driving bans.
Sheriff Graham Buchanan stated it was “inevitable” the person would wind up behind bars as soon as extra.
Cowie was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment and banned from driving for 5 years and 10 months.