A security guard from Fife has avoided a jail term after stealing cash from a primary school he was supposed to be guarding.
Michael Clark (24) was supposed to be doing maintenance work at Balmerino Primary School in north Fife, during last summer’s school holidays.
But instead he roamed around the school before stealing £120 in cash, a cash tin and a jotter from the staff room.
Fiscal depute Kirsten Thomson told Dundee Sheriff Court today (Thuesday) the money consisted of £100 from the teachers’ lottery fund and £20 from a separate cash tin.
Clark was snared after he tried to cover his tracks by cutting out pages of a sign in book where his name featured.
He had been spotted by a janitor sneaking around areas of the school where he was “not entitled to be”.
Clark, of Craigearn Place, Kirkcaldy, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft on summary complaint.
Defence solicitor Katrina Clark said: “It was a moment of madness.
“He knows he won’t get a job in the security industry now.”
Sheriff Tom Hughes imposed a community payback order with 100 hours unpaid work and ordered Clark to pay £100 compensation.
He said: “This kind of offence would normally attract a custodial sentence.”