A CHAMPAGNE thief who stole from two Central Fife shops to fund his drug habit has been jailed.

Thomas Dunn, of Martin Crescent, Ballingry appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

He had previously admitted that on April 24 last year at the Co-op in Bank Street, Lochgelly, he stole a quantity of DVDs and a quantity of alcohol.

On May 6 last year at the Co-op in Lochore, he also stole a quantity of alcohol.

Depute fiscal Dav Kapadia said the first theft saw goods of just over £22 stolen with no recovery while six bottles of champagne worth £172.94 were stolen during the later incident when he was seen leaving the store and CCTV showed him putting the bottles in a bag before exiting.

Solicitor Ian Beatson said his client was currently serving a custodial sentence and was due to be released in November.

"The offences were drug related to fund his drug habit," he told the Court. "It has been a fairly longstanding drug habit but he seems to have responded well to a drug treatment and testing order."

Sheriff James Macdonald sentenced Dunn to a total of five months imprisonment.