A BRAZEN thief showed staff the items he was stealing after being caught but proceeded to walk out of the store.

Martin McClymont entered the LloydsPharmacy at Dunkenny Square in Drumchapel on February 1 last year at 5.30pm.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the 42-year-old was known to staff at the store.

Procurator fiscal depute Ruaridh Allison said: “He was seen placing a number of electric toothbrushes down his trousers and in the arms of his jacket.

“Staff confronted him, and he showed the staff the items in his possession before leaving without attempting to pay.

“There was no recovery of the items that were worth a total of £130. Police were called and the accused was not traced.”

McClymont, of Clydebank, appeared in court for sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing the electrical items.

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His lawyer said his client was on a “relapse” on the day of the offence.

The defence solicitor added: “He is stable just now. He has successfully completed rehabilitation with Alternatives.

"I'm asking you to consider a community payback order to allow him to continue engaging with addiction services. He’s going every week and it’s his intention to remain drug free.”

Sheriff Amel Elfallah told McClymont: “You have a long and troubling record. I do not know what the staff must have thought when you showed them the items before walking away.

“You can’t behave like this no matter what you’re going through. I seriously considered sending you to custody, but you have already been a number of times and it doesn’t seem to have stopped you.

“I'm heartened to see you have completed rehabilitation and you’re continuing to engage with services. I'm hopeful this will sort things out for you. I’m prepared to give you a chance.”

He was ordered to be under social work supervision for 18 months with a conduct requirement to engage with addiction services.

The sheriff added: “If you breach this you will be brought back before me, and I think you know what will happen. Please take this chance to turn things around.”