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Lanarkshire tradesman arrests thief who stole from his van

Posted: Wednesday, July 10th, 2024

A tradesperson performed a citizen's arrest on a thief who broke into his van in the early hours of the morning, Glasgow Live reported.

The tradie jumped out of bed and confronted Jamie Purdie, stealing a cement mixer and carrying a power drill. The episode led to Purdie, 35, of Sidlaw Drive, Wishaw, appearing at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week.

He admitted stealing the items after forcing open the van in Cairngorm Crescent, Wishaw, on October 27 last year. Purdie also admitted threatening or abusive behaviour towards police officers at University Hospital Wishaw.

Sinead Corrigan, prosecuting, said the cement mixer and drill were returned, but the man is £1,800 out of pocket due to damage Purdie caused to his van.

She told the court: "The man's wife heard a loud smash at 3.28 am, looked out of the bedroom window and saw the accused pacing up and down at the side of her husband's works van.

She woke her husband, who had left the house, and apprehended Purdie, who had a cement mixer and an electric drill.

He held him until the police arrived. Purdie told officers he had taken the mixer for his papa.

Due to previous claims by his employer, the insurance company would not pay out, leaving the man out of pocket. He is seeking £1,800 compensation from Purdie.


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