A policeman who faked the theft of his own car and burned it for insurance money has escaped a jail sentence. Scottish Crime Squad detective Alan Gavin, from Falkirk, will instead carry out community service thanks to a plea by his 14-year-old daughter. Sheriff Craig Caldwell also said a "surprising" decision by the Crown Office and the procurator fiscal had led to a more lenient sentence. If the case had gone before a jury, a prison sentence would have been likely. Gavin, 43, one of only six qualified snipers in Central Scotland Police, acted after his two litre Nissan Primera GT blew a cylinder head on the M9 as he travelled home to Falkirk from a shopping trip to Edinburgh. Lonely spot After taking it to a garage, he found he could not afford the repair bill, so he decided to pretend the 150 brake-horsepower car had been stolen. He arranged for his brother Hugh - also a Central Scotland Police constable - to tow it to a lonely spot near Armadale used by joyriders for dumping trashed cars where. Gavin then set it on fire. He later claimed Â£4,225 from an insurance company and bought a replacement car. At Falkirk Sheriff Court, father-of-two Gavin, whose career varied from acting as an armed guard at the Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands to serving as a community policeman, was sentenced to 240 hours' community service. I do hope he's Brother was convicted of aiding & abetting too!!