A PROLIFIC burglar who targeted a string of Kidderminster businesses is now behind bars after he was arrested just yesterday. 

Luke Badham was jailed for 12 months today (Tuesday May 14) thanks to the swift actions of Wyre Forest police officers and an investigation by the Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Team (NCFT).

Badham pled guilty to four counts of burglary from Filtration Service Engineering, Cartridge World, Phil’s Racing Services and Carlton House Tattoo in the town in recent weeks.

Detective Sergeant David Garner, of Kidderminster CID, said: “This is a great result from the court to get Badham off the streets and behind bars and so quickly as he was only arrested yesterday (Monday) following a burglary the same day.

“We hope this sends a message to would-be thieves and burglars we will act swiftly to apprehend you and bring you to justice.

“Acquisitive crimes such as the ones committed by Badham are often be seen as a victimless crime; however, we know from working with businesses that it not only impacts staff, but also the public.

"It can also be linked to serious and organised crime.”

The 24-year-old, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court, to three counts of six months in prison to run concurrently, and a further count of six months in prison to run consecutively – a total custodial term of 12 months.

There was no order for costs, but he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £187.

Police said the local community can help officers by continuing to report any signs of criminal activity via its website under the Report A Crime section.

If you have information about drugs and drugs supply and don’t want to speak to police, you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.