Highlands & Islands

Thief targeted sheltered housing residents in Inverness

A thief who stole from residents of a sheltered housing complex in Inverness has been jailed for 20 months at the city's sheriff court.

Alistair Reid, 33, of Inverness, had earlier admitted three charges.

He plead guilty to forcing his way into the home of a 91 year old at 01:00 on 11 September with the intent to steal.

Later the same day, he broke into a 60 year old man's home and took jewellery, money and a mobile phone before stealing bank cards from a 68 year old.

Reid was found by police in the last property he broke into after his second victim that morning had raised the alarm.

The break ins took place at Falconer Court.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that substance abuse and a mental disorder were factors behind Reid's behaviour.

Jailing him, Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist QC told Reid: "These were serious offences, targeting vulnerable individuals for financial gain".

Following the sentencing, Andrew McIntyre, procurator fiscal for sheriff and jury cases in the north of Scotland, said Reid had shown "disregard for the devastating effect" his crimes had on his victims.