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Thief Soufyan Yahyaoui jailed for stealing legal highs from S9 in Week Street in Maidstone town centre

17 January 2014
by Claire McWethy

A drunken thief who smashed his way into a Maidstone shop and stole legal highs has been jailed today.

Soufyan Yahyaoui, 34, snatched a fire extinguisher from a Morrisons store in Week Street before raiding S9 in the same road.

He made his way inside and stole various psychoactive substances - or legal highs - before he was arrested in Earl Street.

The S9 store in Week Street, Maidstone

The S9 store in Week Street, Maidstone

It happened at 9.30pm on Tuesday while he was on licence and was recalled to prison following his arrest.

Yahyaoui pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and a public order offence at Maidstone Magistrates' Court today.

He was sentenced to 120 days for the burglary and seven days for the theft of the fire extinguisher, to run concurrently with his existing sentence.

The case was heard at Maidstone Magistrates' Court

The case was heard at Maidstone Magistrates' Court

DC James Chichester, from Kent Police, said: "Having recently been released from prison, Yahyaoui embarked on impulsive and violent offences to steal a large number of so called legal highs.

"Thanks to the quick thinking and thorough investigative skills of our response officers this dangerous offender has been quickly brought to justice.

"We would remind anyone who may be thinking about taking these types of substances that just because you can buy something legally, does not mean that it is safe for human consumption."

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