Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

BHS shop assistant pocketed customers' cash

A man who pocketed £2,000 pounds of customers' money has been ordered to perform 180 hours of community service.

Ryan Courtney, 26, admitted stealing money while working in British Home Stores in Edinburgh last year.

Fiscal Depute Siobhan Monks said staff watching on CCTV saw Courtney take money from a customer and put it into his pocket.

After further investigations, he admitted taking about £2,000 between April and October 2010.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Courtney's action had been a serious breach of trust.

Defence solicitor advocate Duncan Hughes said Courtney was desperate for money to fund his drug habit.

Sheriff Scott told Courtney he was right to regard the offence as a serious matter but in view of the early plea and the background reports, he was prepared to impose a community service order as an alternative to custody.