Two Shoplifters Caught and Charged After Targeting Six Retailers in Kent

Six major retailers in Kent were recently targeted by two shoplifters who were later caught and charged by police.

Lewis O’Brien, 33, was charged with six counts of theft after he was identified from CCTV footage stealing items worth over £500 from stores such as B&M Stores, Tesco, B&Q, and Asda in Queenborough, Gillingham, and Greenhithe between March 6 and March 12.

In a separate incident, 54-year-old William Harris was also caught on CCTV targeting shops in Sheerness High Street and stealing food and confectionery worth more than £370 from Iceland, Co-Op, a newsagent, and a clothing shop between December 20 and March 7.

Police arrested Harris on March 12 and seized a knife he was carrying. He was later charged with six counts of theft and possessing a knife in a public place.

Both O’Brien and Harris pleaded guilty to their charges and were sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay compensation to their victims.

Chief Inspector Di Middlemiss, District Commander for Swale, warned other potential shoplifters that they will be caught and face consequences for their actions, as police are determined to target persistent criminals and bring them to justice. She also advised retailers to have CCTV cameras in place to help identify and catch shoplifters.

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