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Inverness man jailed for shoplifting spree in Fort William and Fort Augustus

By Ali Morrison

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Hundreds of pounds worth of goods were stolen by the thief.

William Steven Potter (39) of Kessock Road, Inverness, appeared at the city's sheriff court from custody as he is currently serving a 30 month sentence for over 20 other offences of dishonesty and other matters.

That sentence was imposed in August last year and defence solicitor Marc Dickson said his client's earliest date of release was October 28 this year.

The court heard that on February 19 and 20 two years ago in Fort Augustus, Potter stole over £333 of high value malt whisky and gin and a £1.50 bottle of beer from the Great Glen Trading Centre.

He was recognised when he returned on the second day and was arrested.

The alcohol he tried to steal on that day was valued at £180 and was returned to the shop, fiscal depute Victoria Silver said.

The prosecutor said that Potter had been in Fort William prior to his Fort Augustus visit and stole goods there on February 19.

She told Sheriff Gary Aitken that £42 worth of perfume was taken from the Superdrug store in the High Street.

Potter also stole two £195 jackets from the town's Cotswold Outdoors shop, only one of which was recovered.

Mr Dickson said that these offences should have been included in the batch of offences admitted last August.

Sheriff Aitken said he would impose the jail sentence immediately so it would not affect Potter's current release date.

He was jailed for six months.

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