A THIEF has been told by a sheriff that "jail is rapidly going to become inevitable" after he admitted stealing alcohol from a Helensburgh supermarket.

Nathan Bailey, formerly of Fisher Place, carried out the theft at the Co-operative Food store in Sinclair Street on October 12.

The 23-year-old admitted a charge of theft by shoplifting when he appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Monday.

Bailey also admitted two further charges – one of behaving in a manner likely to cause fear or alarm by shouting, swearing and threatening violence, and one of resisting attempts by four police officers to arrest him.

Both those disorder offences were committed at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

At the time of all three offences Bailey was the subject of a bail order imposed at the same court on September 17.

At Monday's hearing, Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told him: "You are continuing to break the law, even when on bail. Jail is rapidly going to become inevitable."

Sentence was deferred on Bailey, now of Holland Street, Glasgow, until March 1 to obtain a full social background report and a report on his suitability to be electronically tagged.

Bailey was released on a new bail order to his new address.