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Fuel theft from lorry in Canterbury leads to two charges


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Two men have been charged with theft after fuel was siphoned from a lorry.

Officers were called at 12.45am on Friday to a layby on the A2 near Canterbury.

Officers arrested the pair in Dover
Officers arrested the pair in Dover

Officers identified a suspect vehicle and arrested two men in Whitfield, Dover shortly after 1.30am.

Constantin Eftimie, 41, and Ionut-mirel Pantazi, 25, have been charged with theft.

They have since been released on bail to appear at Margate Magistrates' Court on June 24.

Inspector Guy Thompson, of Canterbury's Community Safety Unit, said: "We urge lorry drivers to remain vigilant to this type of offending and call us on 101 if they see suspicious activity or 999 if a crime is in progress.

They will appear before Medway Magistrates' Court in June
They will appear before Medway Magistrates' Court in June

"Parking in well-lit areas covered by CCTV or close to other vehicles to restrict access to your fuel tank is recommended.

"Fuel cap alarms can also be fitted which are activated when your vehicle is tampered with."

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