Barry O’Pray, 35, broke in to Ryan Boyd’s flat and made off with games consoles and equipment worth nearly £1,000.
Barry O’Pray was snared when the victim recognised his smell
Boyd had spotted alcoholic and drug addict O’Pray and an accomplice sitting near to his home on the morning of the break-in – and was choked by the smell coming from them as he passed them.
And when he returned to his home after the break-in he smelled the same smell in the house.
Quick-thinking Ryan then contacted a local games store to see if the thieves had pawned his possessions – a PlayStation 4 and a Nintendo Switch and a number of “unique Japanese games” – to be told they had been in just a few minutes earlier.
CCTV was then obtained from a shop nearby and Boyd was able to identify O’Pray from the footage as the man he had smelled in the morning – and again in his flat in the afternoon.
The thief flogged the stolen goods to a gaming shop
The details emerged today when O’Pray, of Shortlees, Kilmarnock, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court.
He had admitted his guilt at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Wednesday but the case was transferred to Paisley to be heard.
Procurator Fiscal Depute David McDonald revealed that O’Pray had targeted Mr Boyd’s Kilmarnock home on January 23 this year.
The prosecutor explained: “The householder, Mr Boyd, left his home around 8.30am, locking and securing the front door.
Quick-thinking Ryan phoned Games Centre who confirmed the thief had been in
“As he left he noticed two males sitting on the landing floor.
“These males were dressed all in black and their faces were covered with their hoods but he noticed both were wearing white socks.
“They were sleeping near to the common close door and he noticed both men smelled strongly of body odour.
“He had no interaction with these males and left for work.”
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Around noon one of his neighbours heard a “thudding noise” from the close but “thought nothing of it.”
At around 12.30pm another neighbour noticed Mr Boyd’s door was broken and contacted the police.
Officers sent to investigate discovered paperwork bearing Mr Boyd’s name inside and were able to contact him and he headed home.
Mr McDonald added: “Mr Boyd also commented that the strong smell of body odour he had detected earlier was present within his flat.”
He then told police the thieves had tried to pawn his consoles and equipment at the Games Centre and officers seized CCTV footage from the Cash Generator store next door, which showed O’Pray in the stores.
O’Pray’s co-accused, Scott Carnochan, pleaded guilty to a charge of reset – handling stolen goods – after he created an account in Games Centre, allowing O’Pray to pawn the stolen PS4 games.
But he failed to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court today, with his lawyer saying he did not have enough money to travel to the Renfrewshire court house, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.