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Saturday, 11 December 2021 05:44:02 AM
Investigators have arrested 84 people and recovered stolen goods worth more than $11,000 during a targeted three-day shoplifting operation conducted across the Sydney CBD and Eastern Suburbs.
Operation Lightfingers, comprising officers from the Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (South), with assistance from Eastern Suburbs, Leichhardt and Sydney City Police Area Commands, was launched on Wednesday (8 December 2021), and concluded yesterday (Friday 10 December 2021).
The operation – also assisted by Loss Prevention officers and security staff – targeted shoplifting offences throughout a number of major retail outlets across the Sydney CBD, Ultimo and Bondi areas.
During the operation, police arrested a total of 84 people, who were charged with 99 offences.
Of those arrested, 33 people were charged, 43 were issued Criminal Infringement Notices (CINs), four were issued warnings, and four young people were issued youth cautions.
Over the course of the operation, police recovered stolen goods worth a total of $11,269.
Incidents of note include:
Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (South) Commander, Detective Acting Inspector Matthew Stratton, said police will continue to target thieves to deter anyone who thinks they might get away with stealing from retailers.
“With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the state, we have seen an influx of shoppers heading back to major retail outlets ahead of Christmas this year,” Det A/Insp Stratton said.
“This in turn has created opportunities for thieves, who take advantage of increased foot traffic and busy sales staff to steal items.
“This year, Operation Lightfingers officers intercepted 84 people attempting to steal items including electronic goods, clothing, perfume, bags and groceries, with a combined value of more than $11,000.
“With only two weeks left until Christmas, please do the right thing and if you see any suspicious behaviour in and around supermarkets and retail stores, please report it.
“Retail theft continues to cost the industry billions of dollars each year, which is why we remain committed to cracking down on those who attempt to take goods without paying for them,” Det A/Insp Stratton said.
Investigations under Operation Lightfingers are continuing.
Anyone with information about retail theft or fraud offences is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.
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