PROLIFIC thieves are behind bars after admitting their crime sprees.

Bradie Thompson admitted six theft charges across supermarkets in Shoreham and Worthing.

The 31-year-old stole from the stores in April, including taking food and alcohol from the shelves. It included stuffing five bottles of wine in his coat in one incident.

Thompson, of The Steyne, Worthing, was jailed for six months when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court this month.

Meanwhile police say Anthony Cornford, of The Avenue, Goring, was also jailed for stealing alcohol.

The 30-year-old admitted a string of 15 offences, mostly stealing alcohol, and one charge of stealing hundreds of pounds worth of coffee. He was jailed for eight weeks.

Earlier this month regular thief Kirsten Hocking, 28, of no fixed address, was also jailed for six months for thefts across Worthing. It included stealing nearly £1,000 worth of beauty products in one theft.

Adur and Worthing police Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: “We understand the impact shoplifting from local businesses can have but we also recognise the impact this anti-social behaviour could have been having on the community.”

“The teams have worked incredibly hard to tackle both Thomson’s and Cornford’s shoplifting habit and disruption caused to local businesses. On each occasion witnesses have had to be obtained and CCTV footage viewed.

“The court results for Thomson and Cornford are not the only successful convictions the team have achieved. At the start of this month Kirsten Hocking, 28, of no fixed address was also sentenced to 26-weeks in prison after she stole a large quantity of items from different businesses in Worthing, including £996 worth of beauty products.

“These sentences from the courts have come as of a result of months of investigation, problem solving, close partnership working and the use of our policing powers to persistently target those causing the most threat, harm and risk in the community.

“We would like to thank the public for their support while we continue to tackle matters of ASB and encourage anyone who has been a victim or witnesses of this behaviour to report it to us immediately.”