A THIEF who stole an iPhone was shamed into recovering it, Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
William Allan (32) had been drinking in a house in Alloa when he swiped the mobile phone belonging to his host.
He sold the phone but later retrieved it after he claimed he was publicly condemned for his actions.
Allan, of Izatt Terrace, Clackmannan, pled guilty to the theft from Orkney Court between 21 and 22 August.
Fiscal depute Ann MacNeill said Allan was invited to come to a house for a drink on 21 August.
She added that the host had bought a second-hand iPhone, worth £300, the day before and was charging it when Allan arrived.
She went on, "Later the complainer fell asleep and woke up on 22 August to find the phone and Mr Allan were gone."
She said he admitted to police he took the phone and sold it.
George Higgins, defending, said his client had been "subject to denunciation on the streets of Alloa and retrieved the phone and gave it back to the owner". He said Allan was battling a life of "chaotic drug use" and was getting help.
Sentence was deferred until 18 February 2013 for Allan to be of good behaviour.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 31 Oct 12
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