The ongoing campaign to protect Maidstone retailers from crime has continued with a prison sentence for a burglar and thief.

On 28 February 2023, a man who went to a shopping centre in Romney Place and hid inside the premises while it was being closed took a cash register from one of the businesses located at the property and threw it down an internal stairwell. Stealing a quantity cash from inside, he then fled the scene.


The police were alerted and the man’s fingerprints were recovered following forensic examination of the cash register.

On Thursday 1 June, the same man went to a shop in Fremlin Walk and stole some headphones by dropping them into a bag.

Officers from the town centre policing team were alerted by security guards and arrested him as he walked up Lower Stone Street. The stolen headphones were also recovered.


The 34-year-old man from Maidstone was later charged with counts of burglary and theft, and pleaded guilty at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday 2 June. He was immediately sentenced to 174 days’ imprisonment and also required to pay compensation totalling £489.

Police Sergeant Elisha Robinson, of Maidstone’s Victim Based Crime Team, said: ‘Our investigators work closely with town centre officers, security teams and the council community protection team to safeguard shoppers and local businesses.

‘Where we suspect a criminal has committed an offence, they will be tracked down and brought to justice. In this case, a prolific thief entered an early plea due to overwhelming evidence proving his guilt, and he is now safely behind bars.’

By Ed

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