SERIAL thief Andrew Moffat has been jailed after admitting to a string of thefts across the county.

Moffat stole items including jars of coffee and packs of chocolate from various retail outlets, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard last Thursday.

The 38-year-old admitted stealing from an Iceland store in Musselburgh, while he also stole meat from the town’s Aldi store earlier this year.

Moffat, currently of Middleshot Square, Prestonpans, also pleaded guilty to entering a vehicle parked at Musselburgh Racecourse in May.

After breaking into the car, Moffat made off with a bottle of aftershave, a packet of cigarettes and £10 in cash But the most serious charge Moffat admitted to was an attack on a Scotmid employee with a piece of broken glass.

The former Macmerry resident struggled with Daryl Thomson and struck the employee on the body with the broken glass at the store on Prestonpans High Street.

Moffat was jailed for all the offences but he will only serve six months in total, as all sentencing will run concurrently.

Moffat admitted to assaulting Mr Thomson with broken glass at the High Street Scotmid on May 27 last year and received six months in prison.

He also admitted thefts from Scotmid on Redburn Road in Prestonpans on December 7 last year and from Iceland in Musselburgh the day prior.

Moffat also received a three-month jail term for stealing meat from Aldi in Musselburgh on January 21.

The county man was also handed a six-month sentence for the theft from the car at Musselburgh Racecourse on May 5.