Charity box thief has his sentence deferred

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A Hawick man stole a charity box from a local butcher’s shop.

Artur Maciaga, 39, of Fairhurst Drive, admitted stealing a charity box at Hutton’s Butcher in Howegate on November 20.

Five days earlier, on November 15, he also admitted stealing alcohol from the Co-op in High Street, Jedburgh.

Maciaga was on bail for shoplifting at the time of the offences.

He stole a litre bottle of vodka, worth about £20, which was not recovered.

The charity box was returned to the shop counter.

“He had the charity box under his jacket and was challenged as he tried to leave the store,” explained defence solicitor Mat Patrick.

“He apologised, put it back on the counter, and left.”

Mr Patrick said the accused’s offending coincided with “full blown alcoholism.

“He lost his employment and his marriage broke down,” added Mr Patrick.

Sentence was deferred until December 13 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, when Maciaga has another case calling.

He was released on bail with a condition not to enter Jedburgh, except to attend court.