A HIGH Valleyfield man has been jailed for a stealing a charity tin from a pharmacy.

Martin O'Neil, 41, of Kinloss Court, also appeared in court for the theft of a DVD player.

He previously admitted that on April 12, at High Valleyfield Pharmacy, Chapel Street, he stole a charity tin containing a quantity of cash and on April 28, at Asda St Leonards in Dunfermline, he stole a DVD player.

Depute fiscal Carrie Stevens told Dunfermline Sheriff Court that the amount of money in the charity tin was unknown at the time of the theft, however it was recovered with around £20 inside.

She added that the value of the DVD player was £49 and it was not recovered.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said that a member of staff had taken the charity tin off O'Neil, which he had concealed on himself.

He said his client was on a methadone prescription and appeared to be keeping himself out of trouble since the two offences.

Sheriff Charles Macnair said: "You have a very bad record including offences of theft and dishonesty.

"Stealing a charity box is a despicable crime. People give want to give their money to charity not for theft."

O'Neil was jailed for 160 days.