Man stole ho­tel’s tip jar

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A MAN has been jailed af­ter swip­ing a tip jar at a city cen­tre ho­tel. Dar­ren Nel­son, 41, leaned over a bar and grabbed the jar, which con­tained £30, at the Ibis Ho­tel on Shiprow on Oc­to­ber 5. At Aberdeen Sher­iff Court, de­pute fis­cal Lynzi Souter said: “At 6.30pm the ac­cused, along with an­other male, en­tered the lo­cus. “The other male had gone to the re­cep­tion and asked if there were any rooms avail­able. It was at this time the ac­cused went over to the bar area, leaned over the counter and picked up a glass jar con­tain­ing the money.” Nel­son was later traced by po­lice but the money was not re­cov­ered. He pled guilty to steal­ing a quan­tity of cash. De­fence agent Laura Gra­cie said her client had been drink­ing heav­ily at the time, adding: “He fully ac­cepts that he did take it with a view to pur­chas­ing more al­co­hol.” Sher­iff Ian Wal­lace jailed Nel­son, of no fixed abode, for five months.

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