Police launch shoplifting blitz in East Auckland

(Source: NZ Police / Facebook)

Auckland City police have filed more than 75 charges against people who were allegedly involved in shoplifting as part of their ongoing efforts to reduce retail crime.

In Auckland City East, police charged eight individuals with 53 offences. In addition, the Onehunga Community team led by Sergeant Christopher Gwilliam made two arrests on Wednesday afternoon.

All 10 people, of various ages, have since been charged in relation to incidents of this nature and have all appeared in the Auckland District Court.

“The focused approach has proven extremely successful with the ten main alleged offenders having been identified with more than 53 charges laid against them,” said Auckland City East area prevention manager, Rachel Dolheguy. 

“Police along with our retail partners want to ensure that the public understand that we take dishonestly offences seriously and that we will prosecute those responsible where possible.”

Meanwhile, in Auckland City West, 26 charges were laid. Officers also responded to theft reports at Three Kings supermarket on Wednesday morning. 

Last year, Counties Manukau South Police launched a similar operation aimed at reducing retail theft in the district as part of an ongoing commitment to prevent retail crime.

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