Thief trapped in supermarket

Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

A dim-witted thief is facing time in jail after he was caught trying to break out of a supermarket in Gorebridge following an attempted theft.

When night-shift workers made their way into a store to stock the shelves, an opportunist thief crept in through the unlocked rear door and hid himself in a stock room until they had left.

Unfortunately for him, after filling up his rucksack with stolen cash and cigarettes, he discovered that he could not get out of the premises and his efforts to escape including smashing windows triggered the alarm system and alerted the police.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week 35-year old John Kidd, a prisoner in Saughton, pled guilty to the theft from Scotmid Co-operative in Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, on March 22 this year and to smashing a window.

Fiscal Depute Naomi Warner told Sheriff Peter Braid that CCTV footage showed Kidd forcing open tills and putting cash into his pocket and a rucksack. He was also seen forcing the shutters of the cigarette counter and stealing packets of cigarettes.

Ms Warner said Kidd was seen trying to force his way out of the store by a fire exit door. When he was unsuccessful, he smashed a window and tried to kick his way out. His escape efforts set off the alarm and the police arrived at the store. “They immediately saw the accused” she said “and cordoned off the area”.

Kidd, she added “presented himself to two officers”. His haul of 65 packets of cigarettes and cash was valued at £750 and there was full recovery.

Fiscal Naomi Warner said Scotmid staff had locked the premises at 10pm and night shift staff had arrived half an hour later but had left the rear fire door open. The fiscal added Kidd’s attempts to leave the store then proved futile as he could not open the window shutters and the fire exit would not open.

Sheriff Braid deferred sentence on Kidd until next month for reports.