A wheelie brazen thief nicked ornamental rabbits, frogs and meerkats out of Dundee gardens.
Deborah Gall, of Pitalpin Court, left residents on Glenesk Avenue, Coldside, stunned as she pulled a wheelie bin down the street and began filling it up with people’s garden ornaments.
Frogs, rabbits and even meerkat decorations were stolen, as were garden gnomes, while one woman had her mum’s precious cat ornament nabbed.
She said: “I remember it being a hot summer’s day when the cat was taken off the doorstep I had my front door open at the time.
“The person just walked from one end of the street to the other with a wheelie bin, just picking up ornaments as they went along.
“It was absolutely unbelievable and it must have been quite a comical sight. But there’s a serious side at the same time. She took something of sentimental value from me.”
Another resident said she couldn’t believe what she was hearing when she woke up to her neighbour calling to say her garden had been looted.
She said: “He just came over the phone and said, ‘did you notice your garden had been emptied last night?’
“I later found out the thief had taken the bin and walked all the way down the street just picking up anything she wanted.
“The garden itself was pretty much empty.
“They left a straw dog which seemed to have been taken from another garden, but I had gnomes, a frog, a snail and a wee meerkat ornament taken.
“This is sheltered accommodation I used to feel safe around here, but I don’t go out at night any more, not now.
“There’s too much crime around here normally.”
At Dundee Sheriff Court, Gall admitted taking a number of garden ornaments and a recycling bin from two properties on Glenesk Avenue on June 14 or 15 last year.
Sentence was deferred until April 25.