Eight months for thief who targeted Bishopbriggs pensioners

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A thief who broke into pensioner’s homes has been caged for eight months after being found guilty in court.

At around 9pm on October 27 police were called out to two reports of housebreaking in Birnam Avenue and Park Crescent, in Bishopbriggs.

A raider was disturbed by an elderly resident after he heard sounds of smashing glass and confronted the thief who took several items before leaving. A nearby house had a back window broken shortly afterwards.

Police found their suspect in a garden, where he acted violently and resisted arrest.

He appeared in court earlier this month.

Chief Inspector Rob Hay, East Dunbartonshire Area Commander, explained: “Police Scotland arrested a 44 year old male by the name of John Gallagher on October 27 in relation to the offences mentioned.

“He subsequently attended Glasgow Sheriff Court and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment. We are very pleased with the outcome of this court appearance as the victims of these crimes were elderly, one being a lady of 94 and the other a gentleman of 70.”

He added: “It is a huge relief for the victims that they have been spared the further trauma of attending court to give evidence after having to deal with their home being broken into. Housebreaking can have a huge impact on victims and is rightly of great concern to the public.

“Crimes of this type are a priority for my officers and I can assure the public in East Dunbartonshire that we target offenders with all means at our disposal”