A MAN has been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods during a three-month shoplifting spree.

Steven Parkes, of no fixed address, stole goods from two convenience stores and a petrol station in the Stourbridge area between October and December last year.

West Midlands Police officers arrested the 31-year-old at an address in the town on December 30 following interviews with shop staff, a review of CCTV footage and enquiries among the community.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court the following Monday where he pleaded guilty to 23 counts of shoplifting.

Parkes was sentenced to 10-and-a-half months at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Monday (January 1).

Sergeant Imran Mohammed from the Stourbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Parkes’ shoplifting binge cost local stores thousands of pounds worth of stock, but as well as the financial impact, his actions also caused distress to staff members so we’re pleased to see him locked up.

“We’re well aware of the disruption and upset that shoplifting causes and we work hard to identify and deal with those who are responsible. We’re also working with shops and other local businesses to provide crime prevention and safeguarding advice through the Stourbridge Business Watch group, which we helped launch last October.”

Stourbridge Business Watch is made up of local businesses, ranging from beauty salons to food outlets and retailers, which meets every month to discuss how they can cooperate for their benefit, and that of the local community, as well as working with us to deal with issues like crime and anti-social behaviour.

Local businesses interested in attending and joining the group should contact police via their email stourbridge@westmidlands.police.uk.