A SHOPLIFTER who targeted premises and a home in Worcester city centre has been jailed for 29 weeks.
Ashley Barnes, 34, of Sansome Place, Worcester, appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates Court today (Thursday) where he was handed the jail term.
Barnes pleaded guilty to charges of burglary from a residential address in Battenhall Road, Worcester, and theft from a store in The Shambles yesterday (Wednesday). He also admitted a further burglary from a shop in Diglis Road on Tuesday this week.
The 29-week term included a 12-week suspended sentence for another store theft.
West Mercia Police said Barnes’ conviction was as a result of great teamwork between Worcester’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and the newly-formed Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Team. They tracked down and arrested him yesterday morning.
Det Insp Dave Knight of South Worcestershire Police said: “This is a great example of multiple police units working together including the Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Team and the Worcester Safer Neighbourhood Team.
“The efforts of the officers on the ground and the hard work overnight by officers working excessive hours secured the charging authority from CPS which ultimately led to this swift result.
“We take acquisitive crime seriously and work hard to ensure thieves are brought to justice.”
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