Community payback order for Galashiels shop thief

Galashiels' Channel Street.
Galashiels' Channel Street.

A man has been given a community payback order involving drug treatment for stealing an ornament from a Galashiels gift shop.

William Kennedy, 33, of Church Square, Galashiels, pleaded guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to a charge of theft by shoplifting at the Channel Street store on November 22.

Graham Fraser, prosecuting, said staff watching Kennedy coming into the shop at around 3pm noticed that he appeared intoxicated and unsteady on his feet.

He added: “He picked up one ornament and asked how much it was but said he did not have enough money for it.

“He then took a wolf ornament worth £45 and left the shop.”

Mr Fraser said that Kennedy, who had initially denied the theft, claiming someone was impersonating him by wearing his jacket, now admitted his guilt.

The ornament was not recovered, the court heard.