Following the sentencing of Richard McPherson known as Cowan, 39, to three years and six months in prison in relation to a housebreaking in the Spital area of Aberdeen in December last year Police Scotland has issued the below statement.
A number of electrical items and personal items were stolen in the incident valued at a mid three-figure sum of money.
He was sentenced yesterday, Tuesday, 12 June, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court after he was convicted of the offence.
Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail said: "We know that housebreaking is one of the most harrowing crimes that people can experience and I am pleased to see that the seriousness of the offence has been reflected in the sentence. We are dedicated to targeting those who choose to involve themselves in acquisitive crime and we will continue to do all we can to ensure all those responsible are brought to justice.
"We need the support of our communities and I would continue to urge anyone who sees anything unusual or suspicious in their neighbourhood to contact police on 101.
"There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of acquisitive crime and I would take this opportunity to urge people to review their home security and follow crime prevention advice.
"Always keep all your windows and doors locked even if you are at home. For further advice please see the Police Scotland website http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/"