Man charged with theft after chase through Bedford town

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Theft Debenhams 1st August
The North Beds Community Policing team tweeted about the man's arrest

A man has been charged with theft and drug offences after a chase through Bedford town centre.

Police were alerted when £845 was reported stolen from Debenhams.

They apprehended the suspect after a chase through town, along The Embankment and into the Swan Hotel where he was found upstairs.

Andrew Smith, 30, of Granet Close, Bedford, was charged with theft from a shop and possession of a Class A drug in connection to the incident on Thursday (1 Aug).

He has been bailed and is next due to appear at court on 15 August.


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