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Shoplifter scoots round Boots the Chemist in Bishop's Stortford on two wheels

A shoplifter used a two-wheeled scooter to navigate the aisles in Boots the Chemist in Bishop’s Stortford, stealing items as he went.

Despite being apprehended by a customer in the Potter Street store, the thief continued on his crime spree, grabbing nasal strips worth £18 and a Nicorette nasal spray worth £46 before scooting out the door.

The incident happened at 1pm on Wednesday May 12.

PC Derek Lewin, of the Bishop’s Stortford neighbourhood policing team, said: “He entered Boots in Potter Street on a push scooter and started to steal items.

“He was witnessed by a member of the public who tried to make him stop, but he continued to go around and steal products.”

The shoplifter was described as a white male, 5ft 8in tall, wearing a black coat and black trousers and riding a black scooter. He carried an orange Sainsbury’s bag.

Boots was one of four stores in Stortford targeted by thieves between Friday May 7 and Thursday May 13.

At Aldi’s London Road supermarket, a woman stole £161 of Harry Potter figurines and Lego.

She was followed outside by staff, who saw her engage in conversation with a man in a black Ford Focus in the car park.

The woman was challenged by staff and handed over the goods. The man drove off without the woman, who fled the scene on foot.

A man who stole alcohol worth £292.99 from Waitrose in Northgate End on May 7 was arrested at the store by police after a member of staff flagged down officers.

David Coker, 57, of no fixed address, was charged with theft of a quantity of spirits and was detained in custody over the weekend before appearing at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday May 10. The case was adjourned to be heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 23.

A 17-year-old girl is helping police with their enquiries following a shoplifting incident at Sainsbury’s in Jackson Square.

Police were called to the store at 3.42pm on May 7 after a female was spotted taking a quantity of Juul e-cigarette pods worth £99.

A spokeswoman for Herts Constabulary said: “Police attended the scene and a teenage girl has subsequently taken part in a voluntary interview with support from an appropriate adult. The case is being dealt with by the constabulary’s Children and Young People Team.”

In the early hours of Sunday May 16, two stands of designer sunglasses were stolen from Boots Opticians in South Street after thieves damaged the front door.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call Hertfordshire Constabulary on non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 41/36076/21.

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