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Boy, 14, arrested on suspicion of mobile phone shop theft

Thursday 13th September 2018

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing from a Maidstone town centre mobile phone shop.

Two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) responded swiftly following reported thefts from the business.

A police statement said that at 3.30pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Kent Police was called regarding an allegation that phones had been stolen from a shop display in Week Street.

It adds: "The PCSOs were on patrol in the town centre and stopped an 18-year-old man from Sough, Berkshire accompanied by a 14-year-old boy from Dagenham, Essex. They were both subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft."

Inspector Giacomino Vail of Maidstone’s Community Safety Unit said: "Once again our local PCSOs have shown themselves to be alert to crimes in the town centre and were quick to identify potential suspects.

"They are a vital part of the Community Safety Unit and work successfully with shops and businesses in the area to prevent crime and disorder."

The two suspects were later released pending further investigation.