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Footprints in snow lead to court
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Galloway and Oakley made no effort to cover their tracks
Thieves who raided a corner shop during a blizzard were caught with a 1,200 haul of cigarettes and alcohol when police followed their footprints.

Officers alerted to an intruder alarm at Londis store, Renfrew, on 12 March followed the footprints and found the thieves in a house.

Jason Galloway, 21, of Govan, and Mark Oakley, 20, of Drumoyne, both Glasgow, pled guilty at Paisley Sheriff Court.

Galloway got four months in jail and Oakley 18 months' probation.

Depute fiscal Hazel Emmerson said the thieves were tracked down in minutes.

The court heard Galloway and Oakley were at a party and decided to go and get supplies.

They targeted the store at 0150 GMT and triggered the burglar alarm.

All of the property stolen was recovered.

Solicitor Lesley Chambers, acting for Oakley, described the episode as "a hair-brained scheme".

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