August 21 2019, 5.05amUpdated: September 23 2021, 9.42am
A thief who stole goods and cash amounting to almost £900 has been locked up.
William Neilson, of Tulloch Court, stole knives, a bottle of alcohol, soft drinks and keys when he targeted Cafe Bubu and Draffens on Nethergate on April 8.
The 46-year-old also emptied the tills of both premises, which are in the same building.
The total value of the items stolen was estimated at £877, with only £360 of property being recovered. Solicitor Kevin Hampton said Neilson was blighted by a drug addiction and was stealing to aid his habit.
Sheriff Alastair Brown had initially deferred sentence and bailed Neilson to investigate the possibility of a community-based disposal.
But he was remanded in custody after failing to appear for a deferred sentence and was sentenced to three months in prison. This was reduced due to Neilson’s early plea and time already served in custody.