Kelso 22-year-old facing another two months in prison for shoplifting

A shoplifter has had another 60 days added to a prison sentence he is already serving for a break-in and attempted burglary at other stores.

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 3:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 3:44 pm
Sainsbury's in Kelso.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard that David Cotton, 22, was seen biting security tags off CDs at Kelso’s Sainsbury’s store and then tried to walk out with a bottle of wine and a crate of Budweiser beer after falsely claiming he had been through a self-service checkout.

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Cotton, formerly of Maxmill Park in Kelso, is currently serving an eight-month prison sentence and his earliest release date was December 12, but sheriff Nigel Morrison added another two months to that jail term for the shoplifting offence committed at the Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate supermarket.

His current sentence is for a break-in at Lloyds Pharmacy in Channel Street in Galashiels chemist in August and an attempted burglary at the Boots store at the town’s Gala Water Retail Park a week earlier.