Officers are appealing for information after a supermarket worker was assaulted as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter in Canterbury.
It happened on 30th June at around 10:15pm after three people ran away from Sainsbury's in Kingsmead Road.
One of the security staff chased a suspect and found him hiding in bushes.
As he tried to detain him, the suspect ran off along the River Stour.
The security guard eventually caught him but the man struck him in the stomach, leaving him with a 10cm cut.
He then ran off in the direction of Stonebridge Road.
Kent Police Constable Jim Roberts, from the Canterbury Local District Policing Team, said:
A police officer has been charged with shoplifting.
Roger Toms, 41, a police constable based at Reigate in Surrey, is charged with stealing £153.56 worth of groceries from the Tesco store in Hazelwick Avenue in Crawley.
He has been bailed to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 9 May
The on the spot justice system will mean shoplifters will be arrested, appear before magistrates and can even be sentenced without leaving the shopping centre, saving police and court staff time and money.
Bluewater has video links to five courts and is being rolled out after a successful two month trial.
A senior police officer from Kent has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from a supermarket.
Superintendent Rachel Adams has been suspended from her duties as area commander at Medway police station.
She's been released on bail until the eleventh of October.