A thief who broke into a bus, stole emergency “break glass” hammers and then used one to try to smash his way into a bookies, has been jailed for 20 months.
Derek Ellington, 32, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court over the incident, which happened on October 2 or 3 last year.
Depute fiscal Lucy Simpson said the hammer was found at Ellington’s address when police attended following a report he had been assaulted.
Ms Simpson said an employee at the Coral bookmakers on Greenfern Place arrived at work to find a door damaged and the other hammer lying next to it.
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Ellington, a prisoner of HMP Grampian, admitted forcing open the bus and stealing two hammers, and attempting to break into the bookies with intent to steal. He also admitted breaching a bail curfew.
Defence agent Christopher Maitland said his client had a “long-standing drug problem”.