Car thief caught within an hour after app traces vehicle in Dundee

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A car thief was caught just an hour after launching his raid – after its owner tracked it using a mobile phone app thanks to the black box fitted by his insurance company.

Guy Weston now faces a jail term after admitting the theft, committed during the night at an address in Arbroath.

Weston’s victim went to his bed at around 1am on February 17 this year – with his son returning home half an hour later and noticing the car wasn’t in the driveway.

The owner, William Fair, had parked up and secured the vehicle around 11pm and left his key in his kitchen.

When he was alerted that the car was missing he immediately picked up his phone and loaded an app provided by his car insurer – which instantly tracked the car to Dundee’s Bonnethill Court.

Mr Fair called police who rushed to the block of flats and found the car parked outside.

CCTV footage showed Weston parking at the scene before going into the building and entering a flat.

Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told Dundee Sheriff Court that police went to the door and their knocking went unanswered.

Meanwhile, cops outside saw a man at the flat’s balcony throwing clothing and a car key off the fifth floor landing.

Mrs Gilmartin said: “Police were then allowed in and the accused was found wearing distinctive clothing as seen in the CCTV.

”The car was fully recovered along with its contents.“

Weston, 34, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of theft of a motor vehicle committed on February 17 this year.

Defence solicitor advocate Jim Laverty said: ”He accepts the serious nature of this particular offence.

“He is currently on a community payback order imposed before this offence.”

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded Weston in custody meantime.

He said: “He’s got a very bad record, in particular for disobeying orders relating to motor vehicles.”