Mark Fraser, 24, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court over the matter where he denied a charge of wasting police time.
A thief approached a man on the street and tapped him on the leg – before pickpocketing his bank card.
Water bosses are set to carry out further work in Aberdeen city centre to find out whether flood prevention measures can be installed.
Scottish Water is carrying out investigations into the waste water management system, and the information gathered will be used to plan improvements which could alleviate flooding issues.
Flood investigation works will close a city centre road.