A PROLIFIC thief has been jailed and banned from entering Merry Hill Shopping Centre after a shoplifting spree. 

Rhys Davies, of no fixed address, was found guilty of ten counts of theft and sentenced to four months in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday (February 28).

The 31-year-old stole a range of items from stores across the Black Country in November and December last year.

He was also slapped with a criminal behaviour order, instructing him not to enter any One Stop store across Dudley and Sandwell for five years.

The order also bans him from entering the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, including the outer retail park, for the same period.

Neighbourhood policing manager inspector Michelle Allen said: “Davies’ persistent offending was a constant source of upset and frustration for staff at stores across the borough.

“We were determined to put a stop to his behaviour and arrested him following a swift investigation. I must commend the efforts of officers from our Lye neighbourhood team for catching up with Davies, sealing his conviction and building the case for the criminal behaviour order.

“We were pleased to see the court impose this order in addition to his prison sentence and both will give businesses respite from Davies’ activities.

"We won’t hesitate to take action against him should he breach the order.”