Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Haul of cosmetics recovered after police hunt down thieves

COSMETICS and other goods worth hundreds of pounds were stolen from two Henley shops.

COSMETICS and other goods worth hundreds of pounds were stolen from two Henley shops.

The two thieves targeted Boots and then Sainsbury’s in Bell Street on April 13.

They first went into the chemists and browsed the shelves before putting a load of products into a brown satchel and leaving without attempting to pay.

Minutes later, they went into the supermarket and did exactly the same thing but as they left, the men were confronted by police community support officers Janice Smith and Helen Anderson and ran off. The officers recognised one of the men as a prolific shoplifter and kept their eyes on the thieves as they drove off in a getaway car.

They took down the licence plate number and circulated it with a description of the men.

The Thames Valley Police police helicopter was used to track the car and it was stopped by officers in Shillingford who arrested the occupants. Police found the stolen goods including razor blades, hand cream, make-up, four bottles of vodka and food.

Insp Mark Harling, head of Henley police, said: “It was an excellent response by my team resulting in the recovery of stolen property and suspects arrested.”

Two men, aged 39 and 23, from the West Midlands, were arrested and later bailed.

lA woman has been given a six-month conditional discharge for stealing a bottle of wine from the One Stop Shop in Greys Road, Henley, on January 3.

Stephanie Thomas, 28, of Priest Close, Nettlebed, pleaded guilty to theft at Oxford Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay £7.65 in compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and court costs of £50.

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