A FORMER chef at one of Scotland's five star hotels has been jailed for stealing two bikes.

Michael Campbell had been a chef at the famous Mar Hall hotel before becoming involved in drugs and ending up in prison.

Campbell, formerly of Drumchapel, and a friend were spotted by residents breaking into a locked shed before making off with £2,040 worth of bikes and equipment.

Police were called and took DNA samples, which led to Campbell.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the 23-year-old made off with two bikes, a bike computer and a bike tow bar rack.

At the time of the crime, on November 2, 2016, he was out on bail, which had been granted in July 2016.

The procurator fiscal depute told the court the crime happened around 8.30pm when a neighbour spotted Campbell and another man at the bottom of a garden in Verona Avenue, Scotstoun.

The resident did not recognise either man and called police.

When the owner of the property check his shed he found that two bikes were missing.

Campbell had also taken a Cats Eye bike computer from the locked shed as well as a bike tow bar rack.

His defence brief told the court that this was an unusual crime for Campbell, who was influenced by his companion.

Campbell appeared from custody in HMP Barlinnie, having previously been sentenced to 33 months for carrying a knife.

His defence lawyer said: "This [theft] is something a wee bit out of character.

"He is a chef who completed two years at college and has been continually employed since the age of 16."

The court was told that Campbell, who worked at Clydebank & District Golf Club before moving on to luxury hotel Mar Hall where he worked for four years, developed a problem with drugs.

His defence lawyer told the court he has plans to move to Paisley to live with family in order to get away from a "negative peer group" in Drumchapel.

Sheriff Daniel Kelly said: "Custody is the only appropriate option here."

He sentenced Campbell to four months in prison.