A CRIMINAL with a long record was caught trying to get into a car in Inverkeithing.

James Montague, who ran off when confronted by a local resident, later said he had been “full of valium” at the time.

Montague, 30, of Melville Close, Glenrothes, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on March 5, at Forth View, Inverkeithing, he tried to open the door and enter a car with intent to steal.

Depute fiscal Mat Piskorz said a resident saw Montague trying the door of a neighbour’s car and went outside to confront him.

He shouted over asking what he was doing and Montague mumbled something in reply before running away from the car.

He was traced by the police and said: “I’m sorry. I was full of valium.”

Sheriff Charles Macnair noted that Montague had a “bad record of offences of dishonesty”.

He imposed a four-month restriction of liberty order. The sheriff warned Montague if he continued to offend in this way, he could expect a jail term.