A teenager has admitted carrying out a high-value crime spree over four days.
The 17-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to a string of charges.
The thief targeted vehicles and a property on two Aberdeen streets.
The youth broke into a home in Concraig Park, Kingswells, and stole a number of items, before going on to steal a Hyundai Santa Fe from outside the property. He also admitted being on the grounds of an address on Concraig Park with the intention of committing theft, as well as stealing a power cable and bank card from a car on the same street.
The teen went on to take two cars from an address on Cairncry Avenue.
The court heard the value of the goods taken during the theft spate between June 22 and 26 this year was £35,500.
The Hyundai, which was taken from Concraig Park resident Karen Smith’s home, was later found abandoned on Provost Rust Drive.
Today, 44-year-old office worker Mrs Smith said: “I would like to think he is sorry for what he did, but I’m not sure that is the case.”
Mrs Smith told how she got up in the early hours and made the discovery that items had been taken from the house.
She said: “I realised someone had been in the house, then we discovered the car was gone.
“It is just so terrible. He’s not even out of school hardly and that is his life.”
During the teen’s court appearance Fiscal Depute Anne MacDonald said he was seen on CCTV trying the front door of a house on Concraig Park. He then tried the car handle, moving on to a nearby property, stealing the power cable and bank card from a car.
In relation to the break-in at Mrs Smith’s house, Ms MacDonald said: “The total value of items stolen was £10,000 – including the car. There was full recovery. The car was later found abandoned on Provost Rust Drive at 5.30am on June 24. Some of the items were found still in the car. There was a box containing the gold watch that was later recovered in the accused’s mother’s house.”
In relation to the cars from the Cairncry Avenue address, Ms MacDonald said they were worth £25,500.
Sentence on the youth was deferred for background reports, Sheriff Graeme Napier told him: “I take it you just want to spend all your life in custody – it seems to be what you are doing.”