A PROLIFIC shoplifter continues to cause Northwich businesses 'misery'.

Gary Bloor, of Parkfield Road, has been jailed after breaching a criminal behaviour order handed to him in July 2023.

The order banned the 41-year-old from entering any retail premises in the CW8 and CW9 areas of Northwich without notifying staff of his presence and asking their permission to shop at the premises.

Despite this, Bloor repeatedly stole from Sainsbury's and broke into Williamsons Bakery.

Detective Sergeant John Lyons, of Northwich Proactive CID, said: “Bloor continues to cause misery to local businesses, not only stealing hundreds of pounds worth of items, but also causing damage to premises and undue stress to staff and business owners.

“However, officers were able to compile a catalogue of CCTV evidence against him, leaving him with no choice but to plead guilty.

“I hope his custodial sentence will reassure the businesses which were affected by his crimes and send a message to those who are intent on committing these types of offences that they will not be tolerated.”

Northwich Guardian: Gary BloorGary Bloor (Image: Cheshire Police)

On April 30, Bloor entered the Sainsbury’s on Venables Road and stole packets of razors worth a total £288.

He also stole hoovers worth £350 each from the store - one on May 15 and a second the following day.

He attempted to steal a third on May 20 but was approached by staff before he could leave.

Alongside the shoplifting offences, Bloor also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and burglary.

At 3.52am on May 24, Bloor approached Tesco Express on Chester Road and used an unknown object to hit the shop window, causing the glass to smash.

However, he did not gain access to the shop and made off towards nearby Williamsons Bakery.

There, he kicked the glass panel in the door, causing it to smash. It is not known if anything was taken.

Jane Mooney, who runs the bakery with her husband, has thanked the community for their support following the incident.

She said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from our customers and fellow local businesses.

“It has been truly amazing and we feel very blessed by the reaction.

“It should also be said that my team at the bakery and our shop in Knutsford showed their loyalty and support, getting us back up and running so quickly.

“The police were also very quick to respond and caught the perpetrator extremely quickly."

Bloor was sentenced to 42 weeks at Warrington Magistrates Court on May 25.

He will remain subject to the criminal behaviour order on his release.