A teenager dubbed Scotland’s thickest robber stole his next-door neighbour’s stripey jumper in a break-in – then wore it an hour later. Jamie Alexander, 18, was caught when his victim looked a few yards across his lawn and saw the thief wearing the distinctive top and trying to tune in his flat-screen TV. Jason Rendall, from St Ninians, Stirling, phoned the police, who were able to recover most of his belongings, including the 42in telly, a Sky HD box and a Freeview box.
Other items stolen included jewellery, an iPod, a camera, a shaving set, a £5 alarm clock, CDs, DVDs and children’s toys. Alexander even took £100 in notes and a cider bottle filled with five pences, worth £60. At Stirling Sheriff Court,Alexander admitted stealing the items on December 19. Jason said: “He smashed my living room window using a hammer from my shed.
“He must have found a key to the back door, which faces his house, and just passed everything over the hedge. He shut my pet dog in the kitchen and took anything he could get his hands on. I walked in the front door after work and noticed there was a hole in the window. There were only cables where the television had been.
“I went in to the garden, looked at my neighbour’s house and there he was – wearing my jumper and trying to tune in my TV. He was wearing my jeans as well so I knew it was him. I was fizzing mad but even I had to laugh at his stupidity.” Sheriff Wyllie Robertson jailed Alexander for seven months. Jason said: “People find it hilarious but he deserves to go to jail.”