£160 fine for village thief who raided golf club

An alcohol thief who stole two crates of beer from a local golf club was fined £160 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Steven Mitchell was also ordered to pay £30 compensation to Newcastleton Golf Club after police found a number of empty beer cans at his home.

The 31-year-old, of Buccleuch Terrace, Newcastleton, admitted, while acting with another, stealing alcohol from the golf club between March 1 and April 24.

Prosecutor Mark Keane told how a catering manager had seen two males with dogs “hanging around” and a committee member later noticed a kitchen window had been smashed, and a number of cans of beer missing.

Mr Keane said police went to Mitchell’s home and found “empty cans in the house”.

The accused told them: “It was only two crates of beer.”

Solicitor Ross Dow, defending, conceded the stolen beer had been drunk, and there was no recovery.

“It was an opportunistic theft,” he said. “My client was out walking his dog, saw the smashed window, and helped himself after he saw 24 cans of beer.”