A serial thief who stole more than £7,000 of items from an Aberdeen property was snared by police after leaving behind his DNA.
David Stewart, 36, was told at Aberdeen Sheriff Court it’s “almost unimaginable” he will not be jailed after he admitted smashing his way into a couple’s home on Polworth Road and stealing belongings on March 21.
Fiscal depute John Richardson said a neighbour spotted damage to a kitchen window and phoned one of the householders to make him aware.
On arrival at the property he could see the kitchen door window had been smashed, with a “large stone” lying on the floor.
Two iPhones and a HP laptop were taken, along with jewellery valued at £6,034.
Cash totalling £800 was also taken along with the electrical goods worth £1,200. The cost of the damage to the kitchen door was £411.
Police attended and took a swab from a box that had contained a watch.
Mr Richardson said: “The swab was subsequently analysed and found to contain the accused’s DNA.”
Three days later Stewart was observed by officers on Crown Street in connection with an unrelated matter, and found to be in possession of the stolen laptop.
There was no recovery of the jewellery or cash taken. Stewart was interviewed and had “no recollection of the matter”.
Stewart, whose address was given as Bedford Road, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to breaking into the home and stealing a laptop, mobile phones, jewellery, a holdall and cash.
Peter Shepherd, Stewart’s solicitor, said his client “fully accepts the seriousness of this matter” and asked for sentence to be deferred for a social work report to be prepared. Sheriff William Summers said Stewart had an “appalling record” with at least 12 previous convictions for theft by housebreaking.
He told Stewart: “It’s frankly almost unimaginable that the court do anything other than impose a custodial sentence.”
Sheriff Summers agreed to defer sentence for a social work report to be produced.
Stewart will be sentenced next month.