Serial thief locked up after getting caught at Aberdeen flat with haul in pillowcase

Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

A thief has been locked up for 32 months after he broke into an Aberdeen flat and stole hundreds of pounds of items.

Paul Ritchie was caught at the scene by police with his haul in a pillowcase.

The court heard he has 38 previous convictions for house breaking or housebreaking with intent.

Ritchie, 40, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted breaking into the property on Kirkhill Road, Aberdeen, on November 30, and stealing items valued at £720 which included a watch and insulin monitor.

Fiscal Depute John Richardson said Ritchie was seen by a resident close to the property looking into the windows before disappearing.

The resident, along with others, heard the sound of glass breaking, police were called and arrived to find Ritchie at the property.

Defence agent Peter Shepherd said his client had taken Xanax, which had a “terrible” impact on him.

Sheriff Jack Brown told Ritchie, a prisoner of HMP Grampian, as he jailed him: “You are a career criminal.”