Falkirk addict stole alcohol to pay for habit

B&M Stenhousemuir was one of the businesses targeted by McInally
B&M Stenhousemuir was one of the businesses targeted by McInally

A drug addict stopped using but instead began drinking – and turned to theft to support his new addiction.

Ryan McInally (36) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday in connection with a spate of thefts across Falkirk, mainly of alcohol.

McInally, 14 Castings Avenue, Falkirk,previously admitted between December last year and July this year stealing alcohol from Asda in Stenhousemuir, The Co-op in Denny, Scotfresh in Denny and CJ Lang in Stenhousemuir.

He also took a bus pass from St Francis Xavier Church, stole alcohol from Falkirk Episcopal Church and a bike and socket set from a residential property in Russel Street, Falkirk.

He sold stolen alcohol in Upper Newmarket Street in May and household items from B&M in Stenhousemuir in July.

The court heard McInally had a long standing drug addiction but had now turned to alcohol.

Defence solicitor Simon Hutchison said: “He is a man with significant personal problems. He had a long standing drug addiction, but managed to get it under control in March.

“Unfortunately he replaced one thing with another, and started to drink which led to the offending.”

McInally was arrested in July and had been in custody on the charges since, awaiting sentencing.

Mr Hutchison urged Sheriff Linda Smith to put McInally on a supervision order to allow him to get help for his addiction.

Sheriff Smith said there was no alternative but prison for the alcoholic.

She sentenced him to nine months imprisonment.

She said: “In prison there are programmes and ways to get support for your addiction or troubled past.

“I sincerely hope you take the chance or you will not have your freedom for long before you find yourself back in court and facing an even lengthier sentence.”