A supermarket thief who stole almost £200 worth of toothbrushes will spend weeks behind bars after his latest brush with the law.

Repeat offender Geoffrey Rackstraw, from Amersham, was handed a series of jail terms earlier this month after admitting targeting stores across Buckinghamshire.

Across just two days in May, the 56-year-old Chiltern Avenue took £189.94 worth of toothbrushes from Superdrug in Sycamore Road, Amersham.

He has since been ordered to pay back every penny and was given two consecutive 10-day jail terms.

Magistrates also handed Rackstraw a further four consecutive 10-day prison sentences for a spate of other shop thefts.

In July and August this year, the crook targeted Sainsbury’s in High Wycombe town centre, stealing two DVD players – totalling £80 – and £77.50 of other electrical items.

His latest crimes, just one day before his hearing at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on September 2, saw the thief steal £84 worth of Neurofen from Tesco and £48 worth of meat from Marks & Spencer, both in High Wycombe.

He was also told to serve two 10-day jail terms concurrent to his current sentence for twice failing to surrender to custody at court and given a four-week suspended sentence for beaching a previous suspended sentence order.