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Security man sentenced for alcohol theft

Andrew Campbell Image copyright CSNA
Image caption Andrews Campbell mistakenly thought that CCTV at the warehouse was faulty

A security guard who stole more than £1,000 worth of alcohol from a warehouse has been given a community sentence.

Andrew Campbell was told he had committed a breach of trust and ordered to pay back the value of the alcohol.

Campbell, 32, mistakenly thought that CCTV at Stirling's Barbour European warehouse was faulty.

He was placed under supervision for 30 months and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Stirling Sheriff Court was told that Campbell was the only employee on duty at the transport and storage firm's premises at the time of the thefts.

A stock check later revealed at least 40 bottles of spirits were missing from boxes.

Adrian Fraser, prosecuting, told the court that Campbell started his shift at 18:30 on 13 November.

Mr Fraser said: "He was the only member of staff on site and he would have been the only member there for the weekend.

"He'd been told at the start of his shift that the CCTV system wasn't working, however that turned out not to be the case."

'Breach of trust'

The system recorded Campbell stopping at a pallet and pulling a box open, before selecting a number of bottles of spirits, re-sealing the box and going back to his office.

The court was told he did the same thing the following night.

Mr Fraser said: "To complete the weekend, he was seen on CCTV on the Sunday, stopping at a pallet, and again removing bottles of spirits from a box he had opened."

The depute fiscal said that on the Monday, an employee at the warehouse noticed a box with a lid that appeared to have been "taped down in a strange manner".

Mr Fraser said: "When he opened this box, it was almost completely empty.

"A stock check revealed at least 40 bottles of spirits were missing, worth a total of £1,069."

The court was told none of the spirits taken were ever recovered.

Sheriff Wyllie Robertson told Campbell: "The element of breach of trust is a serious aggravation in this case, and it's one which leads the court to consider a custodial sentence.

"However, you have no previous convictions."

Campbell was told to pay £1,000 compensation at £10 a week.

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