A notorious joyrider was back behind bars last night after he admitted stealing another car just weeks after being released from his last sentence.
Jed Duncan was locked up for a year in July after a sheriff ruled he was “beyond help” as he was “obsessed” with committing car crime.
And yesterday the 19-year-old appeared back in the dock and admitted stealing a black Toyota Hi-Lux between December 16 and 17 last year from a property in Bucksburn.
The teenager also admitted a further charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to throw away a set of car keys, facemask and torch when officers tried to apprehend him.
Sheriff Annella Cowan deferred sentence for background reports when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and remanded him in custody.
On May 14 last year Duncan was caught by police getting into a stolen van in Aberdeen’s Ronaldsay Road, with drugs worth hundreds of pounds.
The teenager previously admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis when he first appeared at the city’s sheriff court.
At the time the court heard police had been staking out the stolen van, which had been taken the night before from an address in Cults, when they spotted Duncan and another man heading for the vehicle at around 2.45am.
Fiscal depute Elaine Ward said Duncan had been dressed all in black and was wearing a balaclava.
When officers approached the two men they found Duncan had about £205 in cash and cannabis worth £235.
A mobile phone taken from him had numerous text messages on it which implied he had been involved in supplying the Class B drug.
The court heard he was also found in possession of the key to the stolen van, which officers had fitted with a tracker device.
Duncan, a prisoner in Polmont, denied stealing the vehicle, but did admit a charge of reset, having accepted he was in possession of a stolen van.
He had previously been sentenced to eight months detention in January last year for driving a stolen car.
Police caught Duncan joyriding in Aberdeen without a licence or insurance on November 26, 2013 – the third time he had been found driving while banned or without a licence.