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Inverness man fell asleep breaking into cars in Perth

A man who broke into four vehicles was caught by police after climbing into one and falling asleep, Perth Sheriff Court has heard.

Arran MacDiarmid, of Inverness, was so noisy he alerted a member of the public to what he was doing at Tulloch Works in Perth on 25 November 2010.

The 29-year-old caused damage but did not manage to steal anything from three parked cars and a van.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher deferred sentence on MacDiarmid.

The sheriff asked for a criminal justice social work report and an exact cost of the total damage caused.

MacDiarmid admitted breaking into a Volkswagen Passat, Vauxhall Astra van, Volkswagen Golf and a Peugeot 206.

He admitted breaking into each of the vehicles with intent to steal.

The court heard that he had used bricks to break windows on the cars and the van.

Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston said: "The accused was found asleep in the driver's seat of the Vauxhall Astra van.

"He was woken up and told the police the van was not his. He said he had been out drinking with friends."

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