MORE than £2,500 worth of designer goods were stolen from a North Yorkshire department store while it was closed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Geoffrey Stuart Dobson has been jailed after admitting to the burglary from Barkers, in Northallerton.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty when he appeared at York Magistrates' Court on Friday.

North Yorkshire Police said he broke into the department store at about 3.15pm on Wednesday, May 27.

Inside, he took items of clothing and cycled away – before returning a few minutes later and removing further items, a police spokesperson said.

In total, more than £2,500 worth of stock was stolen from the store, including Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hoodies and jackets.

Dobson, of Prospect Place, Northallerton, was arrested the following day after officers recognised him on CCTV.

He had been released from HMP Hull on May 26.

Dobson was jailed for 20 weeks. Magistrates told him the offence was so serious because of his record of previous offending, and because it was committed immediately after being placed on post-sentence supervision. He was also told to pay a £128 victim surcharge.