Thief stole from Spec­savers

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

A petty thief was told he “should not have gone to Spec­savers” af­ter he ad­mit­ted walk­ing into the Ar­broath branch of the high street out­let and steal­ing a pair of glasses.

Michael Martin, 32, had only just been re­leased from prison when he com­mit­ted the of­fence on Wed­nes­day.

Martin ad­mit­ted en­ter­ing the store in Ar­broath’s Abbey­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre and leav­ing with the £45 glasses

Yes­ter­day at For­far Sher­iff Court, Martin’s so­lic­i­tor, Nick Markowski, told the court his client’s ef­forts could best be de­scribed as “am­a­teuris­tic”

He said: “You will be aware of the ad­ver­tis­ing slo­gan of this busi­ness, well Mr Martin should not have gone to Spec­savers.

“Some of his shoplift­ing is not as am­a­teuris­tic as this.”

Sher­iff Gre­gor Mur­ray sen­tenced Martin to 60 days in prison.

A 36-year-old Kir­riemuir wo­man ad­mit­ted try­ing to steal a tele­vi­sion.

Mandy Burke, of Jamieson’s Close, com­mit­ted the crime at the Co­op­er­a­tive store in Roods, Kir­riemuir, on June 17.

For­far Sher­iff Court was told Burke had taken Val­ium and did not know how she had found the strength to lift the tele­vi­sion.

De­fer­ring sen­tence un­til Thurs­day Novem­ber 9, Sher­iff Gre­gor Mur­ray warned her: “Don’t think you are out of the woods yet.”

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