Laptops, speakers and smart watches were among hundreds of items reported stolen from two John Lewis stores, during a series of break-ins between 15 September 2020 and 28 January 2021.
During this period, detectives from the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad have been investigating four burglaries and an attempted burglary. The offences are alleged to have been carried out at branches in Kingstanding Way, Tunbridge Wells and in Fougeres Way, Ashford. Goods with a total value of around £100,000 were reportedly stolen.
On Monday 1 February, Ionel Stoian, aged 50, of Thruxton Road, Havant, Hampshire and Nicusor Olteanu aged 30, of Lumsden Road, Southsea, Hampshire were arrested.
Both men were later charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal and appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on 2 February.
The court remanded them to a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 2 March.