A serial thief and burglar has been branded a "one-man crime wave" and jailed to give Hull shops a "bit of respite" from his drug-fuelled criminal antics.
James Benstead had a "terrible" list of 129 previous offences and was in danger of "serving a life sentence in instalments" if he did not stop stealing.
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He repeatedly targeted shops and left a 17-year-old girl working in a newsagents feeling shocked and intimidated when he threatened her with violence and aggressively ordered her to open the till, Hull Crown Court heard.
Benstead, 38, of Staveley Road, Hull, admitted six offences of shop theft and three of burglary between July and October.
Jazmine Lee, prosecuting, said that Benstead stole two coats, valued at Â£112, from Next at Kingswood retail park on both July 30 and August 16.
Benstead also stole four packets of cigarettes, valued at Â£49.60, from the Shell service station, Hessle Road, Hull, on August 25.
He was with another man when they raided John Turnbull's newsagents in Cottingham on September 7 and approached the till where a 17-year-old-girl was working.
One of them aggressively told her to open the till and she did so.
"One took cash and the other took multiple packs of cigarettes," said Miss Lee.
The girl later said: "I felt quite shocked and frightened by what happened."
Benstead and an accomplice stole bottles of spirits from Sainsbury's in Ings Road, Hull, on September 15.
He also stole a Hoover from Asda at Kingswood on September 20 and two vacuum cleaners from there on October 31.
Benstead and another man stole numerous bottles of spirits, valued at Â£1,000, from Aldi in Preston Road, Hull, on October 3.
He stole fragrances from Boots at Kingswood on October 15 and warned a female member of staff: "Don't f***ing come near me. Don't touch me."
Benstead had convictions for 129 previous offences, including 104 for theft or similar.
He had been jailed on October 27 last year for one year for 10 offences if theft and two of possessing Class A drugs.
Rachel Scott, mitigating, said that Benstead was a drug addict who started taking heroin and crack cocaine out of "stupidity and naivety" but wanted to change his behaviour.
"He knows fine well what he has done and accepts it in full," said Miss Scott.
"He offers his sincere apologies. He realises that, if he keeps on going like this, he is going to serve a life sentence in instalments.
"He doesn't want that for himself. He has got the chance to turn things around and have a new outlook when he comes out of custody."
Benstead had two children aged 12 and 11.
Judge David Tremberg told Benstead: "Even by the depressing standards of those who appear regularly before the criminal courts, you have a terrible record of entrenched, persistent, recidivist offending.
"You were on licence for such offending. You were a one-man crime wave, albeit that, on occasions, you worked with others.
"This was planned offending. It's a lifestyle choice, including on at least one occasion, the implicit use of force as you targeted and retargeted some shops repeatedly.
"You were looking to steal portable items of high value, which you could sell readily in order to fund your addiction.
"A substantial immediate custodial sentence is necessary to punish you and to deter you and to give local shops a bit of respite from you and your offending.
"If you don't change your ways, you will be serving a life sentence in instalments."
Benstead was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
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