Dubbed ‘Scotland’s dumbest criminal, David McGregor was captured on CCTV walking out of a High Street store in Scotland with a television under his arm.
McGregor, 41, from Perth, admitted stealing a TV from Brighthouse in Perth on 3 April this year, while he was subject to two bail orders.
Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston told Perth Sheriff Court McGregor had simply walked in and taken the television, but was clearly seen on CCTV. He was arrested outside the shop.
McGregor first earned the title of Scotland’s dumbest crook a decade ago when he broke his hip trying to escape from a householder. He swallowed the jewels he had stolen and jumped out of a window onto icy ground, but the doctors who treated his injury also took an X-ray showing the stolen items in his stomach.
Since then, father-of-one McGregor has carried out a string of bungled crimes. In 2012 he was jailed after he sat on a shelf while robbing TK Maxx – because he thought he was on a fairground waltzer ride.
In 2010, he was jailed for 382 days after the same court was told he thought he was “the invisible man” as he carried out crimes in clear view of witnesses.
Solicitor Susan Richmond, defending, said: “He has an extensive record and it will be no surprise to learn he has had a drug problem. He has no recollection of events which led to his arrest.”
He was jailed for the maximum period of 530 days after a sheriff had reviewed his previous record, which saw 78 convictions for 131 offences.
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