A 20-year-old man has been charged after allegedly stealing laptops worth more than £15,000 in Bluewater Shopping Centre.

Officers were in the shopping centre on Wednesday, January 24, when they were notified of a reported theft from the Apple store.

Working alongside the centre’s security team, a suspect was found and arrested.

The laptop was also recovered.

Benedict Ashi-Buogwu, of Cavendish Road, Rochester, was later charged with theft.

He was also charged with a further laptop theft from the same store which happened on Tuesday, January 9 and four counts of theft from stores in London between Wednesday, December 20 and Sunday, January 21, 2024.

Mr Ashi-Buogwu was bailed to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 21.