Teenager in court accused of housebreaking and abduction offences across Scotland as police seek car
A teenager has appeared in court on petition in connection with a series of housebreaking offences across Scotland.
Thomas Keenan, 19, faced nine allegations of housebreaking, abduction and robbery and assault when he appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday.
Keenan, from Walsall in the West Midlands, made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.
He was remanded in custody ahead of a further court appearance which is expected to be held within eight days.
A second man, aged 22, has also been arrested in connection with the offences and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
The court appearance follows alleged incidents in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Airdrie, Cumbernauld and Fife between February 12 and March 9.
Detective Inspector Kevin Tait, of Edinburgh Division CID, said: “This has been an extensive investigation involving colleagues from across Police Scotland and I am grateful to everyone who has assisted our enquiries to date.
“These enquiries remain ongoing and we are particularly keen to identify and trace a car which has been reportedly used across a number of these incidents.
“This vehicle is described as being a metallic electric blue Vauxhall Insignia VXR with a black grill and oversized alloy wheels.
“If you believe you may have seen this vehicle in these areas at that time or have any concerns about a vehicle matching this description in your area now, particularly around the west of Edinburgh, then please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”