A disgruntled worker broke into his employer’s premises and stole £5,000 worth of tools and mechanical equipment in a dispute over unpaid wages.
Gary Clark, 37, of Burn Wynd, Jedburgh, admitted committing that offence at outbuildings owned by Joseph Daley at Newlands Farm, Denholm, between Wednesday, September 14, and Tuesday, September 20.
Prosecuting at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, Graham Fraser said: “He was working at this particular location and had fallen out with the owner of the premises.
“He felt there was money due to him and took the opportunity to remove the tools to the value of £5,000.
“He implied a different person was involved, but further inquiries revealed it was him, and there was a full recovery.”
Defence lawyer Ross Dow explained: “He was working for the man mentioned in the complaint. He and another man came up with this scheme as they had not been paid and still have not.
“They reckoned they were due £1,300 each in wages which had not been paid.
“They came up with the plan to force the man to pay the wages, but it lacked foresight as it was a criminal act.”
Sheriff Peter Paterson told Clark that such an offence would normally merit a custodial sentence, but he took into account the circumstances behind the offence and the fact that there was full recovery of the stolen items.
Instead, he deferred sentence for good behaviour until Tuesday, November 29, to monitor the progress of Clark’s sentence of 150 hours’ unpaid work for another offence.