Scent thief is jailed

Nicked af­ter­shave

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Court re­porter

A se­rial shoplifter has been jailed for al­most two years.

Dar­ren Miller, 36, stole five bot­tles of af­ter­shave from the Su­per­drug store in Coat­bridge on Jan­uary 27.

This fol­lowed other bouts of shoplift­ing, as well as a breach of a drug treat­ment and test­ing or­der.

Mi l l e r, of View­field Road, Coat­bridge, cock­ily winked at the gallery as the procu­ra­tor fis­cal out­lined his crimes.

She said: “At around 1.50pm, the ac­cused en­tered the store.

“He placed his arms around a woman and pushed her to the ground be­fore steal­ing the items she held.

“The five bot­tles of af­ter­shave to­talled £235 and there was no re­cov­ery.”

The court also heard how Miller also stole al­co­hol from Coat­bridge Marks and Spencer on three oc­ca­sions in 2016, as well as items of cloth­ing from JD Sports.

More re­cent l y , in De­cem­ber, the yob made off with cloth­ing and a jacket from New Look.

His de­fence so­lic­i­tor Roberto Manini ex­plained: “My client uses drugs to try and es­cape his prob­lems but it only wors­ens them.

“He has a daugh­ter who is in fos­ter care as he is not fit to look af­ter her.”

Sher­iff Morag Shank­land told Miller: “This will be a sub­stan­tial sen­tence.

“On your most re­cent charge I am sen­tenc­ing you to 12 months in prison.

“On your other two, I will im­pose a pun­ish­ment of three months each.

“With re­gard to the breach of your drug treat­ment or­der, it will be an­other three months.

“In to­tal, this means you are sen­tenced to 21 months in jail.”

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