Investigators from the Kent Crime Squad have arrested a man suspected to be responsible for multiple rural burglaries and thefts in north and west Kent.

Between 10 July 2022 and 6 March 2023, Kent Police received nine reports that high value agricultural plant and other equipment had been stolen. The burglaries and thefts happened at farms and businesses in All Hallows, Shorne, Sandling, Gravesend, Southfleet and West Malling.

Detectives identified that some of the stolen items were allegedly advertised for sale on a specialist website and also sold to innocent buyers. On Monday 22 May, a man was arrested and taken into custody.

Officers also recovered a quantity of suspected stolen farm equipment.

A man from Strood was later charged with six burglaries, three thefts, two frauds, acquiring criminal property and failing to provide a sample for a drug test.

The accused, aged 37, was remanded in custody to appear before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 23 May.

By Ed

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