Two charged with theft from Stamford store
Two people have been charged with theft following an incident in Stamford on Tuesday (September 11).
Community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Inspector Ian Martin, said they had received a report of people having stolen several vitamin products from Holland and Barrett in High Street at about 3.20pm.
"A good description of them was provided by the store, and South Kesteven District Council CCTV spotted them, and were able to direct officers to their location, where they were arrested within 20 minutes," said Inspector Martin.
"The suspects were interviewed at custody about the offence, and subsequently charged to court with theft.
"One was from Peterborough, the other Great Casterton."
A total of 156 shoplifting offences have been reported in the area of Stamford, Bourne and Deepings since April 1 to September 12.
"Of those 156 there have been 28 where there has been what is termed a ‘resolution’," said Inspector Martin.
"Resolutions result in a charge, caution, postal summons, penalty ticket or other prosecution means.
"The difficulties in resolving these types of crimes are the reporting of them can be a significant length of time, sometimes days, after they have happened, which obviously reduces the likelihood of finding the person responsible.
"There is also the aspect of trying to track down the offender if they are not caught there and then, which is extremely difficult."
He said effort was needed to work on preventing the offences from taking place in the first place.
Inspector Martin said he was keen to work with retailers and other agencies to try to prevent thefts, especially in the run up to Christmas.