MEAT thief Artur Maciaga told police he had no money and stole because he was “hungry, very hungry.”
The 39-year-old, formerly of Fairhurst Drive, admitted stealing £4 worth of meat at Morrisons supermarket on September 28.
At a previous hearing, prosecutor Andrew Richardson said staff had been watching the accused as he was a “known thief.
“He was very candid with police,” added defence solicitor Ross Dow. “He said he had no money and put the beef into his rucksack.
“He has a drink problem and spends most of his money on that,” added Mr Dow.
Last Friday, procurator fiscal Graham Fraser confirmed there had been full recovery of the stolen meat.
Maciaga, who appeared from custody and planned to stay in Edinburgh on his release, was sentenced to a Community Payback Order with 18 months’ supervision, with a condition he attends for alcohol counselling.
On a further complaint, he also admitted stealing alcohol from the Co-op Store in High Street, Jedburgh, on November 15, and stealing a charity box and its contents from W. J. Huttons, Butcher, Howegate, on November 20.
Mr Fraser said there was no recovery of the bottle of vodka, worth about £20, but the charity box was returned.
Maciaga was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within six months.