Serial shoplifter told one more offence will lead to jail

Shoplifter given final chance
Shoplifter given final chance

AN ELGIN MAN has been told he has just one final chance to end a catalogue of shoplifting offences or end up in jail.

Ian Willox form North Port in Elgin could not explain to Elgin Sheriff Court why he continued to commit offences when he admitted three charges of stealing alcohol from the Asda superstore in the town.

Willox, 37, committed the latest offences between March 30 and May 31 this year, taking whisky, lager and liqueur valued at a total of £163 from the Edgar Road store.

The court was reminded that Willox had a long history of shoplifting offences with his defence solicitors, Stephen Carty, saying that his client fully accepted responsibility for the thefts.

Sheriff John Halley told Willox that he had to realise that at some point the court would need to decide that “enough was enough”, adding: “You will have to stop this or be locked up”.

Telling Willox that this was to be his final chance, he ordered the 37-year-old to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, adding that he was also to be placed under a supervision order for one year.