A Sauchie man was seen on doorbell CCTV trying to get into the homes of strangers in the early hours of the morning.

Bryan Gladwyn, 36, of Main Street, appeared in the dock at Alloa Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on March 1 at Keilarsbrae, Sauchie, he was found in the curtilage of a property without lawful authority whereby it could be inferred he intended to commit theft.

On the same day he committed the same offence in Quarry Place, Sauchie.

On March 2 at Sprotwell Terrace, Sauchie, he stole bottles of milk.

Depute fiscal Sean Iles said that in the first two incidents, women had received notifications from their doorbell security systems.

They viewed CCTV and, in both cases, Gladwyn, a stranger to the women, was seen trying the front doors in the early hours of the morning.

Defence solicitor Charlotte Watt said her client had relapsed into drugs misuse after the death of his mother.

She was telling the court that Gladwyn was making efforts to get his life back on track, when Sheriff Garry Sutherland told her: “You might want to wake him up.”

Gladwyn who was unsteady on his feet on his way into the dock had fallen asleep.

Ms Watt woke him and said it was a side effect of medication he was taking.

The sheriff imposed a structured deferred sentence and Gladwyn will return to court on March 21.