A THIEF in the middle of siphoning diesel out of a lorry was stunned to get a call from the police, a court heard.
Mark Scammell was phoned because they thought car thieves had dumped his car in an industrial estate.
But the 28-year-old mechanic had driven there himself to top up his car with some stolen diesel, a court heard.
He abandoned his plan after getting the phone call – but was stopped by the same police officers as he drove away from the industrial estate a few minutes later.
Scammell, of Easter Drylaw, pleaded guilty to forcing open a lorry fuel tank and stealing diesel on October 16. He was fined £300.
Lisa McCloy, prosecuting said a hammer, crowbar, tubing and plastic containers had been found in the accused’s car.