TWO brothers have admitted multiple theft charges after targeting Inverclyde stores in repeated shoplifting raids.

Craig and Jason Murphy, represented by solicitors Amy Spencer and Derek Buchanan, each pleaded guilty to eight offences when they appeared together in the dock at Greenock Sheriff Court.

The pair, both of Main Street in Inverkip, stole quantities of alcohol from the Co-op supermarkets in Wemyss Bay and Gourock over five separate shoplifting trips between August and September last year.

They also stole fuel from the Morrisons petrol station in Greenock on September 9.

Craig Murphy, 49, admitted to taking more booze from the Gourock Co-op on September 9 and again three days later.

Jason Murphy, 45, lifted further drink from the Wemyss Bay Co-op on August 14 and again on September 1.

Some of the offences were committed while both men were subject to court bail orders.

Sheriff Clair McLachlan deferred sentence on the siblings until January 31 for reports to be completed.

Both men have been granted bail until then.