An easter egg thief who stole more than £150 worth of stock during a three-month crime spree has been jailed. 

Aaron Cruickshank stole easter eggs and meat worth £36.80 from Tesco Express. 

He also stole biscuits, chicken breasts, four steaks, three sausages, bakery goods and six boxes of Guillian chocolate during seven shoplifting incidents. 

In total, £176.09 worth of stock was taken from the Spar store on Rowner Road, Gosport, One Stop on Elson Road, Gosport and Tesco Express. 

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The incidents took place between November 20, 2023 and February 15 this year. 

Cruickshank, 38, of Woodstock Road, Gosport pleaded guilty to seven charges of theft from a shop at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court. 

He was jailed for 49 days at the same court. 

Magistrates found that the offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified and that Cruickshank has a "flagrant disregard for court orders".