A 23-year-old man described by police in Spalding as a “prolific shoplifter” could be booted out of the UK after he was jailed for 30 weeks.
Mantas Kizevicius (23), of no fixed address, was sentenced by Lincoln magistrates on Tuesday after committing a string of shoplfiting offences linked to his drug habit.
Kizevicius was jailed for attempted theft of a bicycle and handling a stolen mountain bike, both committed in September 2013, and for breaching the conditions of a community order in November 2013.
Magistrates warned Kizevicius was warned that deportation was possible after leaving prison under Home Office guidelines for people from countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) such as Ireland, Lithuania and Spain if they commit serious criminal offences.
Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “Kizevicius’s heroin addiction has resulted in him leading a lifestyle where he has repeatedly stolen from local stores, sometimes on multiple occasions in just one day.
“So I am pleased that this sentence will remove him from Spalding and that he will be unable to return upon release.”
Ex-Spalding police sergeant and coordinator of Spalding Shopwatch, Stuart Brotherton, said: “This is good news for our members as Kizevicius was already excluded under our Shopwatch scheme.
“I consider this custodial sentence to be the ultimate consequence for his repeated offending and is the result of retailers and the authorities working together to combat retail crime.”