Inverness thief collared by dog abandoned outside Asda

A thief who left his dog behind after stealing from a supermarket was tracked down by police who found his name and address on his pet's collar.

William Cochrane, 28, managed to get away from staff at Asda in Inverness with an iPod and speakers that he had stolen for his birthday.

However, he left his dog tied up outside the supermarket.

Appearing from custody at Inverness Sheriff Court, Cochrane admitted two charges of dishonesty.

Before the theft from Asda on 22 August, he had been seen taking a pair of bolt cutters from his trousers while standing beside a bicycle left outside a Morrisons supermarket in Inverness.

Cochrane, a drug addict, from Smithton, Inverness, was spotted by people in the store's cafe and they scared him off by knocking on a window.

He has been ordered to undertake a drug treatment and testing order for the next two years.

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