Three youths have been accused of being part of a gang of criminals responsible for a spate of thefts, break-ins and attempted break-ins to commercial premises.
The youths — two 16-year-olds from Menzieshill and a 17-year-old from the Charleston area who cannot be named for legal reasons — have appeared in private at Dundee Sheriff Court on a total of 11 charges.
One of them appeared on all 11 charges, a second youth appeared on nine, while the 17-year-old appeared on six charges.
The two 16-year-olds are alleged to have attempted to break into the Spar on Glamis Road, the Tandoori Hut, Craigowan Road and Dino’s at Brownhill Road, with intent to steal.
It’s alleged they broke into Brownhill News Costcutters, Brownhill Road, and stole a quantity of alcohol and tobacco products and broke into Charleston Supermarket, Craigmount Road, and stole a quantity of alcohol and tobacco products, all on September 29 last year.
All three are alleged to have broken into Paperchase Wholesale at Nobel Road twice on October 8.
On the first occasion they are accused of having stolen E-cigarettes and accessories, £100 in cash and a quantity of BB toy guns and on the second, £300 in cash and a quantity of tobacco grinders.
They are also accused of breaking into Tesco, South Road, on October 15 and stealing a cash drawer containing a quantity of cash and electrical items.
The threesome are also alleged to have broken into the same Tesco again on October 17 and stolen a cash drawer containing cash along with aftershave, alcohol and a large quantity of electrical goods.
One of the 16-year-olds and the 17-year-old are further alleged to have, on October 17, at Paperchase Wholesale in Nobel Road, broken a padlock and attempted to force open a window with intent to steal and on October 23 at Scotmid Stores, Main Street Invergowrie, broken into the shop and stolen a large quantity of alcohol.
Neither made any plea and all three were granted bail by Sheriff Lorna Drummond.
The case was continued for further examination.