Man sentenced for ten-month housebreaking spate across Edinburgh

THE man, aged 25, broke into houses across the capital between September 2018 and July 2019.

Friday, 25th October 2019, 6:57 pm
Updated Friday, 25th October 2019, 8:00 pm
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Jordan Skachill (25) was sentenced to 32 months in prison. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Earlier this month, a prolific housebreaking offender was sentenced to prison for committing a series of housebreaking incidents across the capital over a ten-month period.

Jordan Skachill, aged 25, was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, after pleading guilty to breaking into houses across the city on 12 different occasions.

The offences took place between September 2018 and July 2019 in the Mortonhall, Blackhall, Murrayfield, Craigmount, Buckstone, Bonaly and Balerno areas.

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Mr Skachill entered homes and took the keys to vehicles, which he then stole.

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He also took jewellery and electrical items from some of the properties and was convicted of the resale of stolen goods.

Mr Skachill was arrested and subsequently charged by officers from the Community Investigation Unit (CIU) in July 2019.

Detective Inspector Bob Campbell from Corstorphine CID said: "Tackling housebreaking remains a priority for officers across Edinburgh and we welcome the sentencing of Skachill.

"Officers from the CIU carried out a thorough investigation into Skachill, whose offences included the theft of eight vehicles.

"We understand the distress having your home broken into and the loss of personal possessions can cause victims, and we remain committed to tackling this form of acquisitive crime and ensuring offenders are brought before the courts.

"More information on how to keep your home and property safe is available on our website at https://www.scotland.police.uk/…/home-and-personal-property/ and if you see any suspicious behaviour, please report this to us via 101 to investigation. If you see a crime in progress, or in an emergency, always dial 999."