A THIEF stole from several cars in Kelty despite moving to West Fife to put his offending days behind him.

Jordan Bowlas, 20, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday however background reports weren't available as he had failed to comply with social work staff.

The court heard that when they came to his home to get details for the report, he refused them entry as he claimed he didn't know what they were there for.

He had previously admitted three offences which all took place on January 14 this year at Lime Park Crescent in Kelty.

He entered three insecure cars in the street, stealing logbooks from two of them and a pair of sunglasses and paperwork from the other.

Depute Fiscal Louise Graham said a resident had looked out of her window at 1.15am after hearing the sound of a car handle being pulled.

She spotted Bowlas in a driveway across the road and saw him get in the car before getting out. He then was seen to try door handles of other vehicles parked in their driveways.

Solicitor Elaine Buist said her client, whose address on court papers was given as The Clough, Stockport but in court was given as Lime Park Crescent, Kelty, had been living in the area for around a year and was working as a bricklayer.

He had moved north to put his offending in the Stockport area to an end.

"He is very disappointed in the fact that he had this night of madness," she said. "He had consumed too much alcohol. He comes across as a young man who is quite naive and perhaps less knowledgeable about the court system than you might expect."

Sheriff Craig McSherry said the fact that Bowlas had failed to comply for the court reports was no surprise.

"He has got a history in a very short time of failing to deal with anything he is instructed to do," he said.

He refused bail and remanded Bowlas in custody so reports can be produced. He will return to court for sentencing on February 28.