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'Prolific' Telford shoplifter jailed after string of thefts at town's supermarkets

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed after admitting a series of thefts from shops around Telford.

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Matthew Sylvester has been jailed

Matthew Sylvester was sentenced for nine offences when he appeared at Telford Magistrates Court on November 15.

The 36-year-old was jailed for 18 weeks for eight theft offences and one case of criminal damage.

Sylvester's thefts were:

  • September 23 - confectionary worth £100 from Tesco Express

  • September 26 - confectionary worth £80 from Tesco

  • September 27 - alcohol worth £100 from Asda

  • September 27 - meat from Tesco (value unknown)

  • October 17 - spirits worth £30 from Asda

  • October 18 - coffee worth £62 from B&M

  • October 22 - cider and fresh meat worth £76.50 from Tesco Express

  • October 23 - cookies and cakes worth £10 from Morrisons

Sylvester, of no fixed abode, was given an 18-week jail term for the September 23 theft and four-week imprisonment for the other thefts. All sentences are to run concurrently.

No separate penalty was issued for the case of criminal damage when Sylvester damaged a flagpole belonging to West Mercia Police.

Jailing him, the court noted he had a "flagrant disregard for people and their property", and was guilty of "prolific offending".

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