Spared jail for hon­esty tin theft from club

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A painter and decorator who stole more than £30 from an ‘hon­esty tin’ at Scone Air­port has been spared a jail term when he ap­peared for sen­tence in court.

In­stead, 31-year-old Ryan Wishart, now of Vic­to­ria Street, Alyth, was or­dered to com­plete 80 hours of un­paid work.

He will also be su­per­vised for six months to en­sure he doesn’t re­lapse into tak­ing il­licit sub­stances.

For­merly of Fir­bank Road, Perth, he ad­mit­ted steal­ing the tin and its con­tents from the Scot­tish Aero Club premises on Jan­uary 10.

Perth Sher­iff Court was told that Wishart was chal­lenged by an aero­drome worker and couldn’t give any ex­pla­na­tion why he was there.

He was told to leave the area but was then spot­ted ap­proach­ing one of the hangars on the sprawl­ing site.

The em­ployee “kept an eye” on him and saw him rid­ing off on an or­ange-coloured mo­tor­bike.

He told a col­league about the sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

It was then sub­se­quently dis­cov­ered that the hon­esty tin at the club, used to col­lect re­fresh­ment money, was miss­ing.

The two men then searched the grounds and, us­ing binoc­u­lars, saw there were lights on in work­shops some dis­tance away.

“They traced the ac­cused, along with an­other per­son, con­fronted them and de­manded the re­turn of the money and the tin,” ex­plained de­pute fis­cal Tina Dickie to the court.

Af­ter about 15 min­utes of “rum­mag­ing about,” £31.30 was handed over.

So­lic­i­tor David Holmes said his client had taken Val­ium on the day of the theft.

De­scrib­ing it as “an op­por­tunis­tic theft,” Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade al­lowed Wishart three months to com­plete the 80 h ours of un­paid work.

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