Five in court over Almondvale jewellers raid

The shopping centre at Almondvale. Picture: Ian Georgeson
The shopping centre at Almondvale. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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FIVE people have appeared in court in connection with an alleged heist at a jewellery shop in West Lothian.

The arrests followed the theft of around £70,000 worth of designer watches from diamond dealers Chisholm Hunter at The Centre in Livingston in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

All five accused appeared on petition in private at Livingston Sheriff Court today and made no plea or declaration to the charges against them.

David Reid, 32, of no fixed abode, and Laura Goodwin, 36, from Livingston, were accused of theft, theft by housebreaking and possessing and being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Reid was remanded in custody for full committal on November 26 and Goodwin was released on bail.

Jean McQuillan, 61, and Malcolm McQuillan, 49, both from Livingston, were charged with theft, theft by housebreaking and being concerned in the supply of drugs. Both were released on bail.

Robert McKnight, 40, also from Livingston, was accused of theft and theft by housebreaking. He was also freed on bail.

No dates were set for further appearances by the accused apart from Reid.

DC Bruce Kennedy of Police Scotland re-issued an appeal for witnesses who might have seen a small, two-door, possibly light-coloured car near The Centre at Almondvale around the time of the alleged crime.

He said: “Anyone who believes they have been offered the stolen items for sale, or has any other information that can assist our inquiries, should also get in touch.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said inquiries were continuing and further arrests were anticipated.