Perth addict netted £1,700-plus in 10-week car theft spree

A thief was jailed for 12 months after he admitted being responsible for a string of car break-ins across Perth.

John Pearson Jeffries grabbed items and cash worth more than £1,700 between October 25 last year and January 6 2013.

Appearing at Perth Sheriff Court, he pleaded guilty to 10 charges, seven of which came to light after he was caught on CCTV withdrawing money with a stolen bank card.

Solicitor David Holmes said his 42-year-old client had long-standing problems with drug addiction, though treatment had largely kept him out of trouble since 2004.

“The work done bore fruit, not only for Mr Jeffries, but also for the community, so it is sad that the court is now faced with little alternative to custody.

“In the summer of last year, he was struck off his methadone prescription after failing a drugs test and these offences were committed to address his subsequent difficulties.”

Jeffries, of Bute Drive in Perth, admitted breaking into a locked car in Muirton Bank on January 6 to steal a handbag and its contents, including a bank card and pin number and £950.

He also admitted using the bank card to steal £90 from a cash machine at Asda on Dunkeld Road on the same day, and stealing a set of headphones from the store a day earlier.

Jeffries pleaded guilty to seven further charges of forcing open locked cars to steal at locations including Tulloch Works, Bells Sports Centre and Muirton Bank.