A man has been jailed after he drove off with a caravan from a carnival with all of the owners’ belongings inside.
Kenneth Williamson, 31, of Lulworth Court, hooked up the caravan to his own car at Caird Park, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.
Fiscal depute Stewart Duncan said: “The owners of the caravan are part of Codonas Carnival, which had been at Caird Park.
“They had finished holding the carnival in Dundee and were on their way to Glasgow.
“They secured the caravan at an area of Caird Park where residents of the carnival had been staying, at 2.45pm on May 16.
“At 10pm that same day, they returned and the caravan was no longer there.”
The fiscal added that the owners of the caravan lived within the vehicle, and it contained all of their belongings. The caravan and contents were valued at an estimated total of around £6,000.
Williamson was captured on CCTV towing a caravan off the site with a small blue car but was not identifiable from the footage.
He was caught for the offence only after he was seen stealing a chainsaw from Aldi on Arbroath Road four days later.
The fiscal continued: “A witness at the store saw him leaving with the chainsaw and shouted.
“Staff ran after him and he ran off to a car, dropping the chainsaw.”
Police stopped Williamson’s car and discovered other stolen items, including items from the caravan. His home was searched and the caravan was traced on Clifden Blue Court, after Williamson’s wife told police he had picked her up while towing a caravan, which he did not have earlier that morning.
Solicitor John Boyle, defending, said: “His position, not that it matters in terms of proceedings, is that the caravan was not secured with a padlock when he saw it and he took the opportunity to take it away.”
Williamson admitted stealing a caravan and contents at Caird Park, Mains Loan, on May 16.
And he admitted stealing a chainsaw, bike lock and safety boots, at Aldi, Arbroath Road, on May 20.
Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Williamson for 17 months and disqualified him from driving for three years because he had used a car to commit the first offence.