Sparks fly but mailbox thief fails to deliver

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A brazen thief has been jailed for six months for stealing a mailbox from a street in Newarthill.

Charles Hunter (35), of Allan Tower, Motherwell, admitted a charge of theft at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week.

A Stihl saw was used to cut the box from its pedestal. It’s thought the plan was to sell it for scrap metal.

A 44-year-old man said to have been Hunter’s accomplice had his not guilty plea accepted.

The court heard a resident in Manse View called the police after witnessing the theft around 1am on October 15. He had seen sparks flying as the mailbox was cut from its base then watched as a man carried the container to a white transit van.

Police officers saw a van matching that description nearby, stopped it and found the mailbox inside.

Hunter, represented by solicitor Douglas Barr, admitted previous convictions.

More from the court in this week’s Motherwell Times & Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.