A 24-year-old man has been jailed for 12 weeks after committing a string of thefts from shops.
John Ward was caught after he stole bags of nappies from Boots in Burgess Hill.
Ward, of Eastdale Road, Burgess Hill, was well known as a prolific shoplifter and was recognised by a member of staff in Boots on October 2.
He walked out of the store in Market Place pushing his two-year-old child in a pram with seven packets of Pampers nappies on the handles but when challenged by security guards he fled, leaving the infant behind.
The child was reunited with her mother. Ward was later arrested at his home.
Ward was questioned on suspicion of the theft from Boots as well as stealing printers from WHSmith in Burgess Hill on August 29 and 30.
While in a cell waiting to be questioned he damaged a police CCTV camera.
Ward was charged with three counts of theft and one count of criminal damage.
He pleaded guilty to the offences at Worthing Magistrates’ Court and was jailed for 12 weeks.
Sergeant Rachel Mundy, from Burgess Hill neighbourhood policing team, said: “Our team ensure they are aware of suspected and convicted thieves and will circulate details to businesses. We have a very good and proactive Shopwatch scheme in the town and photographs of suspects are shared so that staff can look out for them.
“Shop security staff can be our eyes and ears in the community and we work hard with them to investigate thefts and prosecute the offenders.
“Shoplifting is not a victimless crime and will not be tolerated.”
Anyone with information about shoplifting should call 101, email email@example.com or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.