A 41-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody after admitting theft from a Borders antiques shop in which jewellery worth a four-figure sum was stolen.

Wayne Wilkes pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at Global Antiques in High Street, Hawick, during the early hours of Monday morning.

Wilkes, who gave an address in Hawick, appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Wednesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by housebreaking.

Sentence was deferred for background reports until October 9 when the case will recall at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Following what was described as a "smash and grab" raid in which traces of blood were left on the smashed window shopfront, police had appealed for witnesses asking if anyone had seen a man wearing a military-style camouflage jumper and dark raincoat.

Inspector Robbie Noble of Police Scotland said: “I would like to thank the public for their help as part of this investigation.”