We have arrested a man following a disturbance at a shop in Stoke-on-Trent.
On Monday (15 January) we were called to a store on Century Retail Park in Hanley, just before 8pm, following reports of a man stealing items and threatening retail security staff.
On arrival, officers discovered a knife, a quantity of drugs and suspected stolen bank and gift cards.
A 38-year-old man, of no fixed address, has since been arrested on suspicion of affray, possession of a class B drug, possession of a blade or pointed article in a public place, theft and theft from a shop.
He has also been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and burglary other than dwelling with intent to steal following two separate burglaries in the Stoke-on-Trent area, recently.
He was interviewed in custody and has since been released under conditional police bail while our enquires continue.
Stoke North Chief Inspector, Scott McGrath, said: "Officers across the city are committed to acting on the concerns of our communities and tackling burglary and theft as robustly as possible. We continue to proactively gather intelligence, investigate reports and target those responsible for stealing from local people and businesses across Staffordshire.”