Meat thief spared jail sen­tence

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

A se­rial thief who loaded up a shop­ping trol­ley with hun­dreds of pounds worth of meat be­fore brazenly walk­ing out the door has been spared prison.

Ian Wil­cox, from For­res, stacked up pack­ets of meat and a pizza when vis­it­ing the Marks and Spencer store in El­gin.

The 39 -year-o ld grand­fa­ther was caught on CCTV tak­ing the items on June 24 last year.

Po­lice were called af­ter other shop­pers be­came sus­pi­cious when they saw him with the trol­ley-load of meat, val­ued at about £300, in the High Street store’s car park.

Yes­ter­day, Wil­cox ap­peared at El­gin Sher­iff Court af­ter ad­mit­ting steal­ing gro­ceries.

Fis­cal Alex Swain said: “The ac­cused could be seen on CCTV tak­ing var­i­ous meat pack­ets and putting them in the bas­ket.

“He then walked out with­out pay­ing. There were a to­tal of 39 items miss­ing, which were val­ued at about £300.”

Sher­iff Chris Dick­son told Wil­cox he had “an ap­palling record” for theft.

How­ever, de­fence agent Shahid Latif ex­plained his client should be spared prison be­cause his cir­cum­stances had im­proved since the of­fence.

Wil­cox, of Silk Court in For­res, was sen­tenced to 200 hours of un­paid work and placed un­der su­per­vi­sion for a year af­ter ad­mit­ting a sin­gle theft charge.

“Hethen walked out with­out pay­ing”

Se­rial thief Ian Wil­cox was spared jail

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