A PROLIFIC shoplifter has been jailed after committing a string of thefts in Smethwick.

Ryan Dimmock, of no fixed abode, stole thousands of pounds of items from stores in October and November.

The 27-year-old was sentenced to 48 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to 21 counts of theft when he appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on November 13.

Sergeant Warren Hickinbottom, from Smethwick Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Dimmock admitted to all theft offences and it was clear he wasn’t stealing for his own consumption.

“I’m pleased he has been put behind bars so he can no longer blight businesses on Bearwood Road.

“We are doing everything possible to tackle offenders and support retailers in reducing shoplifting.”