A shoplifter has been put behind bars after stealing booze from supermarkets.

On January 3 at around 10.45pm Alexander Oldfield entered Asda, Pegler Way, Crawley, and stole two bottles of alcohol worth more than £70.

Oldfield entered Blacks in Crawley town centre on January 13 and stole t-shirts.

Two months later, on March 15, he stole food items worth more than £70 from Lidl, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill.

Oldfield, of no fixed address, was charged with three counts of shoplifting on March 15.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to the offences when he appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on May 22.

He has been sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment and was given a three-year criminal behaviour order (CBO).

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The CBO will prevent Oldfield from entering a number of different stores across Sussex and will force him to leave any retail establishment if asked to do so.

Inspector Steve Turner said: “This is another fantastic result and yet another CBO secured in West Sussex.

“On top of a custodial sentence, the CBO means that we can prevent further offending which is so important for the safety of our shop workers.”