Between 18 and 27 June 2021, three businesses in Magpie Hall Road, Maidstone Road and Churchill Avenue reported having meat and other groceries stolen. During two of these incidents a store worker also alleged they were threatened with a syringe.
Following the completion of enquiries into the incidents, a man was arrested on 30 June.
Ashley Clough, of no fixed address, was later charged with eight counts of shoplifting, five counts of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order and two counts of threatening a person with a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place.
Mr Clough, aged 33, appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 1 July where he pleaded guilty to the charges. He was remanded in custody to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on a date to be determined.