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Police charge Manchester pair of men after Bedford shoplifting incident

BEDFORD - Police charged a Manchester man with robbery following a shoplifting incident at a Kilton Road store.

Bedford police were called to the Stop & Shop store at 7 Kilton Road at 10 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a shoplifter, who allegedly fled the store on foot. Police later identified the alleged thief as Donald Johnson, 21, of Manchester. Police said they located Johnson in a parking lot near the store and took him into custody, charging him with robbery.

Johnson was held Saturday night on $5,000 cash bail at the Valley Street Jail.

While Bedford police were investigating the initial call, a second subject was detained inside the Stop & Shop store. The man, identified as George Johnson, 20, of Manchester allegedly attempted to flee the scene while the theft was under investigation. Johnson was apprehended and charged with willful concealment, resisting arrest, simple assault and a bench warrant. Johnson was also held Saturday night without bail at the Valley Street Jail.

Both men were scheduled to be arraigned Sunday in Merrimack District Court.

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