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Five people have been charged following burglaries at two clothing stores in Cheltenham earlier this month.
Police arrested four men and a boy on 18 January in connection with the high-value thefts in the town.

Officers also recovered a significant quantity of clothing that is suspected to have been stolen, as well as a vehicle which it is believed was used to ‘ram-raid’ one of the properties.
Shortly after 11pm on Monday 17 January police were called with a report of a ‘ram-raid’ taking place at a clothing store on the Lower High Street in Cheltenham. Shortly after another clothing store in the town was burgled too.
Police across the force, including the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Tactical Operations Team, worked together to make the arrests.

Those charged are:

  • Marcus Suniga, 22 and of Priory Avenue in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear;
  • Vinny Smith, 20 and of Moors Avenue, Cheltenham;
  • Michael Smith, 20 and of Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham;
  • Latrel Hylton, 18 and of Bennington Street, Cheltenham;
  • and a 16-year-old boy also from Cheltenham, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The adults were remanded in custody and the teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, was released on police bail following charge. They all attended Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 20 January, where they were bailed to appear before Gloucester Crown Court on February 17th.

Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, Mike Yates said: “This is a fantastic example of the proactive work our Neighbourhood teams are involved in on a daily basis. The Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Team will not tolerate such brazen criminality in our town, and will work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice. I’m grateful for the hard work of officers across a number of departments in bringing about this swift action.”

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