A HEARTLESS thief from Clydebank stole a charity box from a hotel reception.

James Crawford, 40, stole the charity box and its contents from the Premier Inn, Lomondgate Drive, Dumbarton, on January 20, 2016.

Crawford, of Lennox View, will be sentenced on August 17.

Crawford failed to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff court last Wednesday and sentence was deferred for his personal appearance. He was ordained to appear.