Thief who broke into shops described as playing Glasgow Cluedo game

A THIEF who broke into various shops was described as playing a game of Glaswegian Cluedo.

Bernard McNair, 31, entered four Govan premises in the city between October 28 and November 4, 2020.

McNair used tools to enter stores to escape with his loot which was later found to contain his DNA.

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Prosecutor Tanjeel Maleque told a jury in his closing remarks: “It might look a bit like a game of Glaswegian Cluedo – the screwdriver in the Cash Converters, the spanner in the corner shop and the bolt cutters in the groomers. for dogs.”

McNair was found guilty by a Glasgow Sheriff Court jury of four counts of breaking and entering business premises.

He previously pleaded guilty to breaching bail and intentionally obstructing police.

The court heard McNair first struck at a card factory in the Govan Mall.

The assistant store manager noticed that the lower glass panel of the front door had been broken.

In an agreed evidence document, it said: “A gingerbread plush toy worth £19.99 was missing.

“Damage to the store was assessed at £500.”

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McNair then set his sights on a nearby Cash Converters where the thief stole jewelry, watches and cell phones.

The manager spotted a black and yellow screwdriver on the floor.

McNair caused £1,850 damage to the store and collected £783.83.

A convenience store owner discovered that his store in Govan had been robbed on November 4.

The till was broken and the damage to the store was assessed at £1,005 with £600 cash missing and a stock loss of £200.

McNair had used a key to enter the door which was later found and analyzed.

A dog groomer was also looted by McNair who used bolt cutters to break in.

It caused £500 damage to the store and £42.91 was missing.

McNair also collected £750 worth of tools as work was being carried out at the scene.

McNair told jurors the tools belonged to his late father, which had sentimental value to him.

Mr Maleque said: “He struggled to say the name of the tools and what they were and named random tools when asked.

“This man was forced to keep his deceased father’s tools, but he couldn’t tell you the date his father died.”

His footprints and DNA throughout the premises were later analyzed to produce a positive result for McNair.

Sentencing has been postponed pending substantive reports until later this month.

McNair has been released on bail in the meantime.

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