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Facebook plea snared sleeping thief

A thief was found asleep in a stolen vehicle after a Facebook appeal to the public to report any sightings, a court has heard.

Stuart McCutcheon, 28, of Hawick, admitted stealing the Isuzu 4x4 and going on a spending spree with the owner's credit card.

He took the vehicle from Lindean Moor Farm near Selkirk on 10 December last year.

McCutcheon was jailed for 72 days at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

'Window smashed'

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told the court: "The owner of the vehicle left her keys on the seat as she was dealing with a child and forgot about it.

"When she looked out two hours later the vehicle was gone.

"An appeal was put out on Facebook appealing for people to keep an eye out for the vehicle and it was spotted parked up in Selkirk."

The court was told that when police approached the car they found McCutcheon asleep in the driver's seat.

He refused to open the door and officers had to smash a window to get access.

McCutcheon admitted stealing the vehicle and its contents, including a bank card which he used to buy goods worth nearly £100.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said: "The events happened at a chaotic time in his life."

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