Tayside and Central Scotland

Man in court over Perth police car theft

A man has appeared in court accused of breaking into Perth police station, taking car keys and stealing a marked police car which was parked outside.

David Mullen, 27, from Perth, is then alleged to have driven out of the Barrack Street compound.

The Mitsubishi Outlander was recovered after a high speed chase ended with a stinger device being used by officers.

Mr Mullen made no plea or declaration at the city's sheriff court and was remanded in custody.

The case was continued by Sheriff Lindsay Foulis for further examination.

The stolen car is understood to have sustained damage after being recovered on the A926 near the Perthshire village of Alyth at about 19:00 on Tuesday.

The alleged security breach came just days after Police Scotland issued a warning about home and business security to the public.

Ch Insp Russell Penman had said: "With the days getting shorter and nights longer, Police Scotland is advising householders to review their home security arrangements before winter truly sets in.

"As criminals are now targeting houses with high-value cars parked outside, they are engaging in 'two in one' criminality by both breaking into your home and stealing things like smartphones, tablets and other portable high-value items and then driving away in your car, so good home security is vital."

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