A BALLINGRY man who broke into a local shop through the roof claimed later he only did it because he had been “ripped off” there.

Adam Bett, 37, of Kirktoun Street, was jailed when he appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on May 19 last year, he broke into the Premier Store, Westwood Crescent, Ballingry, and stole a quantity of money.

Depute fiscal Zahra Bhatti said the money taken came to around £400.

A local resident had heard a banging noise then saw someone on the roof of the shop.

There was later found to be a hole in the roof.

The court was told that Bett had been in a drug-induced stupor all day before committing the crime.

Sheriff Charles Macnair noted that Bett told a social worker that “had he not been ripped off there he wouldn’t have committed the offence”.

Having been told Bett was remorseful, the sheriff wondered: “Is he sorry for doing it or sorry for being caught?”

Sheriff Macnair jailed Bett for six months.