Graveyard theif jailed

A THIEF who stole memorial vases from a Peterhead cemetery has been jailed.

Gary Findlay was high on a cocktail of drugs when he took the vases from the town’s Constitution Street cemetery on May 19.

Findlay, of Craigewan Crescent, Peterhead, said that he could not remember anything about the offence and did not know why he had done it.

He also admitted possession of cannabis and heroin.

Police found the stolen items at the 44-year-old’s home after a top off from a member of the public.

Sheriff Gregor Murray said: “This was a particularly mean and horrible offence.”

Findlay, who has a history of alcohol and drug misuse, also admitted a string of thefts dating back to 2010.

Last year, Findlay took a CD player, electric polisher and £20 in cash from an unsecured car parked at Peterhead’s Hope Street.

He also broke into a garden shed in Gadle Braes in June 2010, taking a lawn mower and hedge strimmer.

Iain Jane, defending, said that Findlay had a string of alcohol related offences dating back to the late 1980s. He had settled down in 1996 but had returned to crime in recent years following the breakdown of his marriage.

Findlay was sentenced to 13 months imprisonment.