A MAN who attempted to steal £20,000 from his parents’ business a decade ago has been found dead in a garden near his home.
George Thomson was jailed for more than three years after he and cousin Roche Thomson staged an armed robbery on his own family’s post office in 2007.
The body of the 34 year-old from Tranent, East Lothian, was discovered on Friday in a garden close to his home in the town.
His death is currently being treated as unexplained and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Thomson and his cousin made off with around £20,000 after threatening a security guard with a chisel at the post office over ten years ago.
However, the duo were convicted after a witness told a court he had spotted them putting on balaclavas moments before attacking the secruity guard.
Thomson was caught five days after the robbery in London whilst cousin Roche was found hiding in car on the same day of the theft.
Roche later admitted carrying out the robbery and reportedly told police at the time: “It was just a stupid thing to do”.
Friends of Thomson – who was also known as Dode – have taken to social media to pay tribute to him.
Kelly Martha Souness – believed to be Thomson’s partner – posted a photo of the pair together and wrote: “Life will never ever be the same without you George Thomson you were a special kind of special that made me, Tiegan Souness and Khai feel loved and happy and we loved you too much I will never get over the pain that is in my heart right now.”
Chris Deans wrote: “Rest in peace big man. You will be missed”
Kel Hastie McApline said: “RIP Dode still cant believe this fly high you will never be forgotten.”
Sybil Ferguson said: “R. I. P. George. Will miss you friend.”
?Lori Cairney? wrote: “Rip dode. You will be sadly missed.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in East Lothian were called to an address in Coal Neuk Corner, Tranent, around 6.10pm on Friday 10 November after the body of a 34-year-old man was sadly discovered.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”