Take-away driver took off with the takings
A Dunfermline man has been jailed for a “truly appalling crime spree” which included five offences of driving while disqualified.
Michael Walkingshaw would take on jobs delivering for local take-aways despite being banned from driving.
He would then disappear with the food and the takings during his first shift.
He was also sentenced again for stealing two cars in Edinburgh having breached a community payback order, when he appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
Walkingshaw (26), of Macbeth Road, admitted a long list of offences and was jailed for two years.
On 17th November 2015 at Ozzy’s, Bruce Street, Dunfermline, he stole a delivery bag and quantity of money with a total value of £82.29.
On the same day in Bruce Street, Dunfermline, he drove while disqualified and without insurance.
On 28th November 2015, at Turkish Pride, Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline, he stole a quantity of foodstuffs and money with a value of £53.30.
On the same day, in Pilmuir Street, he drove while disqualified and without insurance.
On 1st December 2015, at Tesco Extra, Calais Farm Road, Dunfermline, he stole a quantity of fuel with a value of £81.72.
On the same day in Calais Farm Road, he drove while disqualified and without insurance.
On 2nd December 2015, at Abbey Fry, Allan Crescent, Dunfermline, he stole quantities of food, money and a food bag with a value of £98.75.
On the same day, in Allan Crescent, he drove while disqualified and without insurance.
On 31st March 2016, in Macbeth Road, being the driver of a car he failed to stop on being required to do so by a uniformed police officer.
On the same day, in Macbeth Road he drove while disqualified and without insurance.
Walkingshaw was also re-sentenced for stealing a Skoda Octavia and Mercedes A190, having failed to complete a community payback order imposed at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
When police went to Walkingshaw’s home on 31st March last year, they spotted him in a car outside the house.
He was told by an officer not to drive away but ignored this and disappeared for almost a year.
The court was told that during this time he was “sofa-surfing, sleeping rough and had been in different parts of the country”.
Sheriff Charles MacNair told Walkingshaw, “This was a truly appalling crime spree.” He jailed him for 740 days.