Two charged with £100,000 John Lewis raids

Ionel Stoian, 50, of Havant, Hampshire and Nicusor Olteanu, 30, of Southsea, Hampshire have both been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal after laptops, speakers and smart watches were among hundreds of items reported stolen from two John Lewis stores during a series of break-ins between September 15 and January 28.

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.

Both men appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court yesterday [February 2] and were remanded to a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on March 2.

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