Glasgow & West Scotland

£1 'confiscated' from £600,000 jewel thief

A confiscation order for £1 has been granted against a man who was part of a gang which stole more than £600,000 of goods from a Glasgow shopping centre.

Walter McRobbie, 55, was jailed for 30 months for his part in the raid on the Savoy Shopping Centre in August 2011.

The haul, including jewellery and goods worth £606,071, was never recovered.

The order for £1 was granted after Glasgow Sheriff Court heard McRobbie currently has no assets. The Crown can reapply if he acquires future wealth.

Lindsey Miller, procurator fiscal for organised crime, said: "After a detailed forensic examination of the accused's accounts, it has been established that he has no money or assets available at present to repay his criminal earnings.

"We cannot confiscate funds that do not exist, but we have today in effect secured a financial life sentence.

"The order for the full value of the stolen goods will remain active against him until every penny is paid back, however long that takes."

Following a previous trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, McRobbie and two others were convicted of five charges of breaking into various parts of the Savoy Centre and stealing goods.

The court heard that they forced their way into an office and four retail units including City Gold Centre, where they stole jewellery and money, and Really Fabulicious - stealing a number of bags.

Robert McColl, 52, was jailed for two years and Patrick Kilna, 48, was sentenced to 27 months for their parts in robbery.

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