Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee thief 'stole duvet' in bid for jail time

Tayside Police HQ
Image caption The court heard Bruce Burry appeared at Tayside Police HQ with the stolen duvet and confessed

A thief stole a duvet immediately before taking it to police headquarters in Dundee and saying "I stole that", a court has heard.

Bruce Burry was desperate to get sent back to jail, less than 24 hours after he had been released, that he turned to shoplifting in a bid to be arrested.

Burry, 30, from, Dundee, pleaded guilty to two charges of shoplifting on 6 and 7 September.

Sheriff Richard Davidson deferred sentence.

Burry's first attempt to get arrested failed after police refused to take him into custody on 6 September, following his release the previous day.

The next day he went to the Tesco store in Dundee's Riverside and stole a duvet set, before marching into the nearby Tayside Police HQ with the stolen bedding. He told officers: "I stole that."

Fiscal depute Ross Cargill told Dundee Sheriff Court: "It was a grab and run scenario. The total value of goods was £26, and there was full recovery."

Just released

Kris Gilmartin, defending, said: "The circumstances are slightly unusual. He took the duvet directly to Bell Street police HQ and said he had stolen it, so there could be no mistake.

"He had been released from a relatively lengthy sentence just the day before."

Burry was then remanded in custody when he appeared in court on 8 September before his appearance on Tuesday.

Sheriff Richard Davidson deferred sentence further for a drug treatment and testing order assessment.

He said: "Mr Burry has been through the revolving door of custody more than once."

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