Man admits ram-raid theft from north-east shop

The aftermath of the incident at Costcutter
The aftermath of the incident at Costcutter

A man has admitted being involved in the ram-raid of a north-east shop that caused £7,000 of damage.

Christopher Lee Cheung-McDonough, while acting with others, struck on July 1 after he found a car had been left unsecured on Queen’s Road in Aberdeen.

In the early hours of the following morning, police were called to Main Street in Newburgh.

When they arrived they discovered the front of the Costcutter store had been extensively damaged.

The vehicle was captured on CCTV being driven down the street before returning and reversing into the front of the shop.

Two men, who could not be identified, were subsequently witnessed going into the shop and stealing lager and vodka.

The car was later found abandoned in Old Aberdeen.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday, Cheung-McDonough admitted stealing the vehicle and breaking into the shop.

Fiscal depute Colin Neilson told the court about the impact of the 20-year-old’s actions.

He said the value of the stolen alcohol had been £78, while the damage to the shop was put at approximately £7,000.

Sheriff William Summers deferred sentence on Cheung-McDonough to obtain background reports.

Detective Inspector Stewart Drummond, who led the investigation, thanked members of the public who had assisted the police.

He said: “This was a crass attempt to steal from a quiet community where crimes like this are completely unheard of.

“Cheung-McDonough didn’t care about the fear he would inflict or the damage he would cause.

“I welcome this conviction today and would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public who assisted with our inquiries at the time.”