Man charged with targeting OAPs at home

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background
Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

A man has been charged with targeting pensioners, including one aged 95, in a string of thefts in Arbroath and Dundee.

Paul Nicoll is said to have targeted OAPs in a Dundee sheltered housing complex as part of his alleged crime spree, said to have taken place between February 2 and April 29.

Prosecutors say he stole £40 from Margaret Black, 78, at her home in Arbroath on February 2.

A further charge alleges he stole the same amount from Edward Strachan, 65, at an address in Dundee’s Craigie Street on April 24.

Nicoll is further alleged to have stolen£20 and a bus pass from Jennifer Lamond, 62, at her home in Elm Street, Dundee, on April 25.

He is then said to have been found in three separate homes in a sheltered housing complex in Ann Street, Dundee, on April 29.

On that same date Nicoll is accused of stealing £380 from 83-year-old George O’Rourke in Dickson Avenue, Dundee, before being found in the home address of Mary Martin, 95, with intent to steal later that day.

A final charge alleges Nicoll gave a false name and address to police in an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Nicoll, 44, of no fixed abode, made no plea or declaration to the nine charges he faced on petition at Dundee Sheriff Court.

The case was continued for further examination during the brief private hearing and Nicoll was remanded in custody meantime.