A carjacker was back behind bars just two days after being released from prison.

Gary Thomson stole another vehicle because he couldn't be bothered walking home in the rain, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard on Friday.

Thomson had been jailed for two years and eight months for robbing a woman of her car in Glenmavis in November 2019.

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The woman was in a shop and her 15-year-old daughter was dragged out of the car by Thomson's accomplice before the pair drove off.

Thomson, 33, appeared from custody via videolink for his latest case.

He admitted stealing a Volvo 850 from a driveway in Crossgates, Bellshill, on March 8 and driving it while disqualified.

Neil Thomson, prosecuting, said the owner had been working on the car, but about 5pm he left it unlocked and with the keys in the ignition.

Mr Thomson stated: "At 9pm he realised the car was missing.

"Footage from a neighbour's CCTV showed the accused walking up the driveway and peering into the car.

"He got in and reversed out of the driveway."

Police officers spotted the vehicle several hours later in Thorndean Avenue, Bellshill.

Thomson was found in a nearby house and told officers: "That motor was rapid and had a full tank of diesel.

"Who leaves the keys in it?

"I was walking back with the shopping and after that I was not walking anymore.

"What could I do? Take another motor. Two days out the jail and all because it started raining."

The car was returned, undamaged, to the owner.

Thomson has a long criminal record and previously it was stated that he has spent most of his adult life in prison.

Defence agent Diarmid Bruce said his client had difficulties as a child and has had a long term drug problem.

But the solicitor added: "He seems to be genuine in wanting to change."

Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence on Thomson, of Emerald Terrace, Bellshill, until next month for a criminal justice social work report and remanded him in custody.

The sheriff didn't rule out a community-based sentence, but added: "No promises. It will depend on the terms of the report."

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