Thief caught selling stolen goods on Facebay Dundee for second time in a year

A thief was caught selling stolen goods online after one of his victims spotted his strimmer and messaged the crook to arrange to pick it up.

Steven Hutton faces jail over the scam, which is the second time he has been caught peddling stolen goods on the FaceBay Dundee site in less than a year.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told Hutton stole items from cars parked in streets around his home in the Menzieshill area in Dundee.

He then tried to sell some of them on the social networking site.

Steven Hutton faces jail after selling stolen goods online.

The court heard one of his victims saw his stolen garden strimmer being sold by Hutton.

The person then sent Hutton a message arranging to go and pick it up from him.

Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told the court the crook was then reported to police, who raided his home and found most of the stolen goods.

She continued: “This was a course of conduct where he has entered motor vehicles and stolen items.

A garden strimmer, similar to the one that was stolen.

“Police received information he was selling stolen property.

“When he was detained, he told police he had done it because he needed the money.”

Hutton, 37, of Yarrow Terrace, pleaded guilty on indictment to four charges of theft committed on April 6, 7 and 8 last year.

Defence solicitor Theo Finlay said the offences were committed after Hutton lost his job two years ago because of “economic reasons”.

He added: “He has convictions from 2013 that resulted in a prison sentence.

“He managed to obtain employment in 2016 but lost that, essentially due to economic reasons, towards the end of that year.

“He quickly found himself in debt and these offences were committed.”

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until February 21 and released Hutton on bail meantime.

Last year, Hutton was jailed for 200 days for an almost identical offence.

The 37-year-old stole a £250 designer handbag and sold it on the same site.

Again, his victim spotted the bag for sale and set up a sting involving her friend buying it back from him for £15, then tipping off police.