A THIEF who broke into a county chemist and stole medication attempted to swallow it in a bid to hide the evidence when his home was raided by police.

James Bradley, of Pinkie Road, Musselburgh, was acting with another person when he forced his way into Wallyford Pharmacy in February last year. He stole a quantity of medication before making off from the scene.

Police arrived at his home the following day to investigate the crime but, when they entered the property, Bradley attempted to wash the tablets down the sink.

He also swallowed a quantity of the pills in an attempt to discard the evidence and evade arrest.

The 37-year-old thief appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to two charges.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC deferred sentence to next month for the preparation of social work reports.

Bradley admitted breaking into Wallyford Pharmacy while with another and stealing a quantity of medication on February 6 or 7 last year.

Bradley also pleaded guilty to attempting to wash the tablets down a sink and swallowing some of them at his home address on February 8 last year.