DUNDEE COURIER 5 OCTOBER 1906
Robbing an orchard
James Scott, labourer, was convicted on evidence, in the Dunfermline Sheriff Court yesterday, of having, in the garden of Christina Wilson Crombie, spinster, stolen a quantity of growing apples.
It was stated that the accused shook an apple tree, but was unable to take any of the apples, as Miss Crombie appeared on the scene.
Mr John Fenton, accused’s agent, asked the he be dealt with under the First Offender’s Act, but Sheriff Shennan said they were giving too much of the First Offenders Act in these petty thefts. They must take something out of their pockets. He imposed a fine of 10s, or four days’ imprisonment.