Brothers face jail after stealing from shops

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TWO brothers face a spell in prison after being found guilty of stealing hundreds of pounds of medicines from shops.

Andrew Browne, 25, and Richard Browne, 24, were seen on CCTV cameras piling dozens of boxes of over-the-counter drugs into their jackets before fleeing without paying.

But despite the evidence clearly showing their actions, both men pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft.

Prosecutor Anthony Johns, representing the crown’s case at Fareham Magistrates’ Court, said: ‘It’s a case not just of brotherly love, but also of brothers who love stealing.

‘These two men were involved in stealing from Co-op stores, and the thefts were absolutely brazen.’

They were found guilty of stealing £344 of medicine from the Co-op in Forton Road, Gosport, on April 7 this year including 120 packets of various types of Nurofen. They were also found guilty of stealing about £300 of unspecified medicines from the Co-op in Warsash Road, Warsash, exactly a week later.

In a statement, eyewitness Wendy Barber described how she saw the brothers in the Warsash shop.

She said: ‘They took items from the shelf and started shoving them down their jackets – tubes of Halls and Savlon. I couldn’t believe it and was shocked at what I was seeing.’

The brothers, both from The Downsway in Portchester, were identified by police officers. They were released on bail until November 11.