Toothbrush thief is given ‘last chance’
A serial thief who stole an electric toothbrush from a Stirling store was this week warned she faces jail if she offends again.
Megan Roberts, of Burngreen, Kippen, was given supervision and unpaid work and was also ordered to pay £220 in compensation to Boots in the Thistles for the toothbrush which was not recovered.
The 23-year-old had admitted a charge of stealing the toothbrush from the store on February 20 this year.
When she appeared for sentence at Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday her agent Jay Goodwillie told Sheriff Wyllie Robertson that Roberts had been“up front and honest”about the circumstances surrounding the case.
Roberts, said the lawyer, had been awaiting her first Universal Credit payment and had been struggling financially. She had also been using heroin, but accepted full responsibility for the offence, Ms Goodwillie added.
The accused, she said, had her own tenancy in Kippen which had been given to her approximately six weeks ago.
She now lives four miles from her mother who provides her with support looking after the accused’s five-year-old son due to Roberts’“drug issues,”
Ms Goodwillie also pointed out however that Roberts had reported that she is not using any“illicit substances”and had made a lot of progress.
Roberts was also“more than willing”to comply with supervision or an unpaid work requirement.
She is currently receiving approximately £510 per month in benefits and after outgoings is left with £100.
Roberts, said Ms Goodwillie, also offered to pay the court £20 per month.
Sheriff Wyllie Robertson told Roberts her record showed that she was a persistent offender and contained offences of a similar nature.
He added:“It’s getting to the stage where custody is going to be imposed. You can take it by imposing a communitybased disposal today that this is your last chance.”
Sheriff Robertson sentenced Roberts to a community payback order comprising 18 months’supervision and 200 hours’ unpaid work.
She was also ordered to pay £220 in compensation payable at a rate of £20 per month.