Thief jailed for stealing more than £7,000 worth of lingerie

Inside the Desire store in Dundee.

A man who stole more than £7,000 worth of lingerie from an independent store in Scotland has been jailed for nearly three years.

Charlie Forbes broke into the Desire adult store in Dundee and escaped with piles of underwear through the back window, reports STV News.

He then piled the stolen lingerie into his Ford Focus before making off.

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The car was later found by police with several pairs of knickers strewn across the back seat.

But the police let Forbes go, and 10 days later he carried out a break-in attempt at the home of a 74-year-old woman.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court: “Desire is an adult lingerie shop.

“A member of the public saw the accused and another male around 5.30am on September 13 last year acting suspiciously outside it, moving in and out with their hands full over various items.

“Police were called after they made off and when they attended they could see a rear window had been removed – that was the point of entry.”

She added: “The shop appeared to have been rummaged through. Police were aware of the vehicle they were looking for and it was found around 11.30am with various underwear strewn across the rear of the vehicle.

“The accused was seen walking towards the car and was spoken to but not at that time arrested. The total value of underwear stolen was £7400 and it was fully recovered.”

Forbes, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of theft by housebreaking and attempted theft by housebreaking committed on September 13 and 23 last year.

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Forbes for two years and ten months and ordered he be supervised upon his release for a further year.

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