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Prison term for Midlothian chewing gum thief

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Image caption Colley pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to breaking and entering and stealing chewing gum

A chewing gum thief who was tracked to home by a police sniffer dog has been jailed for six months.

David Colley, 17, was caught after the dog was brought in to probe a break-in at Eastfield Newsagents in Penicuik, Midlothian, on 30 November 2011.

He picked up Colley's scent and led officers to a house where he was living, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard.

Colley pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and stealing chewing gum.

He also pleaded guilty to breaking a bail order which had been issued at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this year. Colley was not supposed to be outside his home after dark.

No option

Sheriff Mike O'Grady QC jailed Colley at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

After hearing how Colley had previous convictions, Sheriff O'Grady said he had no other option but to imprison him.

He said: "He has shown himself to be unable to comply with any other previous court orders."

At an earlier hearing, depute fiscal Ruth Ross Davie said that eye witnesses saw Colley and others wearing dark clothing breaking into the store in the town's Eastfield Avenue at 03:00.

Colley managed to get away with just 10 packets of chewing gum but was captured after Lothian and Borders Police dog handlers were brought to the crime scene.

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