Shoplifter’s sentence deferred

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A man who pleaded guilty to two charges of shoplifting has had his sentence deferred until next month.

Oban sheriff Patrick Hughes has called for reports on Lewis McLachlan, 39, of Flat 5, Shore Street Flats, Oban, who will have to return to court on October 7.

Last Monday the court heard how McLachlan was seen on CCTV at a shop in town on February 5 this year helping himself to toiletries and razors, hiding them then fleeing the shop without paying.

When the shop manager went to investigate the aisle, he found empty display boxes and the police were called, said Procurator Fiscal David Glancy.

Mr Glancy told the court the second charge was ‘much of the same’ where McLachlan had again been seen on CCTV, this time at another Oban shop on March 8 stealing items from a shelf and concealing what he took in his clothing.