TWO Romanian shoplifters travelled to Dunfermline from their home in Glasgow and stole £148 worth of vodka and whisky from a supermarket.

A sheriff was unimpressed by their claims that the thefts were not planned.

In the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court were Cristi Stoican, 40 and Marina Trachi, 28, both of Royston Road, Glasgow.

They admitted that on November 9 at the Asda St Leonards store in Dunfermline they stole a quantity of alcohol.

They also both admitted to failing to appear for a previous court hearing.

The court was told the pair stole six bottles of alcohol with a value of £148 and there was no recovery.

Defence solicitor Sarah Meehan said Stoican had lived in Scotland for eight months.

She said: “This offence was entirely opportunistic. He and his co-accused travelled to this area to visit friends.

"They went into the supermarket and remembered they were having friends coming to their home that night.

“Foolishly they then took the chance to remove the bottles of alcohol.”

His excuse for not turning up to court previously was he “got mixed up with his dates”.

The solicitor said Trachi had also been living in Scotland for eight months.

She added: “Neither of them are proud of their actions.”

Sheriff Derek Reekie said: “I take the view this is a serious offence.

"I’m not impressed by the explanation that this was an opportunistic action.

“You are living in Glasgow and I’m extremely sceptical about your explanation about why you were here.”

He fined both of them £630 and also ordered them to pay £75 each in compensation to the store.