Lennox Herald

Thief’s last chance


A shoplifter with a drug problem has been given one last chance to behave.

Andrew Beattie appeared from custody at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week having admitted a string of dishonesty offences.

The 34-year-old, whose address was given asT on tine Park, Renton, admitted stealing clothes at Go Outdoors in Clydebank, food from Marks and Spencer at St James Retail Park in Dumbarton and gloves and a set of speakers from TK Maxx in Clydebank.The crimes happened between March 2 and June 24.

Beattie’s defence lawyer Steven Wight said his client was “well aware of the difficulti­es he has placed himself in ”and acknowledg­ed he has been remanded as a consequenc­e of his actions.

He added: “It’s a difficult situation. He was reducing significan­tly his misuse of illicit drugs but he’s offended again. He was struggling at the time.”

Beattie is on a drug treatment and testing order (DTTO) for his addiction.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said: “I have written two words on your notes.The two words are‘ last chance’. If you don’t comply with the DTTO or if you commit any offence then my patience is exhausted.”

Beattie was released on bail to his mother’s address in Clydebank and will be back in court next month for a review of his DTTO.

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