Basildon man charged with multiple shop thefts on Canvey Island

A man has been charged with 17 shoplifting offences across Canvey Island.

The thefts were reported from January 21, with staff at the Co-Operative in Canvey Road, Morrisons in Dovervelt Road and Poundland in Furtherwick Road all reporting a man had taken goods worth a total of more than £300 from the shops without attempting to pay.

On Tuesday February 20, a man fitting the description given by shop staff was located and arrested in Benfleet.

Steve Whiteman, 36, of Chatfield Way in Basildon, has been charged with 17 counts of theft from a shop and has been remanded in custody.

He appeared at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday February 21 and will return to court at a later date.