A man and a woman from Maidstone have been charged with a series of shoplifting offences following allegations that stolen goods were concealed in a wheelchair.

Officers from the town’s Victim Based Crime Team have been investigating thefts at several stores, including Co-op, Poundland and Tesco. It is alleged that between 7 April and 16 May 2023, items including alcohol, food and cleaning products were repeatedly stolen from premises in Week Street and Northumberland Road.

It is reported that during some of the offences, a wheelchair was used to hide the stolen products from staff.

A man aged 42 and a 33-year-old woman, both from Maidstone were arrested on Wednesday 17 May.

They were jointly charged with ten counts of theft. The man was further charged with three thefts committed on his own.

Both suspects are currently bailed to appear before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 23 June.

By Ed

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