A Dumbarton man who stole tools from a Range Rover was stopped and held by their owner until police arrived, a court has heard.

John McKenzie, of Merkins Avenue, previously pleaded guilty to breaking into a vehicle and to damaging it.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court was told that about 4am on November 26, 2023, the car's owner heard a car door slamming shut.

He went to the window in Broomhill Crescent, Bonhill, and saw his car lights were on and his power drill and other tools, which had been in the boot of the Range Rover, were on the road.

Fiscal depute Euan Nicholson said the owner went outside and saw 33-year-old McKenzie walk past.

He chased the man and restrained him on the ground while calling 999.

Police reviewed doorbell video footage which showed the accused breaking into the car, rummaging through it and taking the tools out.

There was damage caused to the reversing camera, the GPS and silver trim around the driver's side. Some coins were also missing from the console.

The cost of the damage was estimated at about £1,000.

Sheriff Euan Cameron said a detail "leapt out" from a social work report on McKenzie's progress on an existing community payback order (CPO): "exemplary".

Defence solicitor Stephen McGuire said his client "very much regrets his involvement".

Mr McGuire said street Valium had been a problem for McKenzie for a long time and social workers had been supervising him since May 2022.

Sheriff Cameron said: "I will be very frank. My first thought was to send you to custody.

"You continue to commit this sort of offending. Since you were put on the CPO, you really have been trying your hardest.

"Your social worker knows custody would be extremely detrimental to you. I am, with a degree of reluctance, going to consider a community-based disposal."

He ordered an assessment for a drug treatment and testing order.

And he asked McKenzie: "Do you want to come off drugs? Do you want to stop offending? Do you want to stop coming to this place?"

The man nodded in the dock.

McKenzie was told to return to court on January 29 once a report is prepared; his bail was continued.