Falkirk court hears about ex husband's housebreaking and car theft antics
An opportunistic offender with a drug problem broke into his ex-wife’s house while she was on holiday and pinched her car to drive around in while he went about selling off her personal property for cash.
Colin Kerr (41) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, having previously pleaded guilty to housebreaking, theft of a motor vehicle and theft of items from his former wife’s home in Stirling between December 31, 2019 and January 4, 2020.
Procurator fiscal depute Katie Cunningham said Kerr and the complainer had been married for two years, however, they had split up. When she went on holiday she left the car, which had a black box tracking device fitted to it.
Suspicions arose when the car was clocked making trips to various locations, including some in the Falkirk area.
It was found the kitchen window of the complainer’s property had been broken and several items of property – including a laptop, Mac book, i-pads, i-phones and jewellery – were missing, along with the car.
The car was eventually found using the tracking app and the accused was also traced and arrested.
It was stated he stole a total of £1500 of property from the house, which was all eventually recovered – either from his home or from the shops where he had sold them for cash.
The court heard Kerr had addiction issues but had since undergone a seven month period of voluntary rehabilitation.
Sheriff Christopher Shead placed Kerr, Holy Trinty House, Flat 3, St Mary’s Wynd, Stirling, on a supervised community payback order for two years with the condition he complete 250 hours community service within 12 months.