Police swoop on shoplifters in crackdown

Two pairs of curtains were taken from a shop on Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, on 19.03.2013
Two pairs of curtains were taken from a shop on Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, on 19.03.2013
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Shoplifters in Sheffield are being warned to expect police at their homes today – in a new crackdown on thieves in the city.

Suspects wanted by police for shoplifting offences will be targeted by officers seeking to arrest and question them.

Homes will also be searched by officers looking for stolen property.

South Yorkshire Police today released the photographs of a number of men and women they want to trace, who they believe may hold vital information about a number of offences.

They include CCTV stills of a man wanted over the theft of £70 worth of meat from a supermarket on Machon Bank, Nether Edge, in March and a man wanted over the theft of steaks, valued at £114, which were stolen from a store in Crookes.

Another image shows two women wanted over the theft of groceries worth £115 from a supermarket in Chapeltown last month.

Inspector Paul Ferguson, who is leading today’s crackdown, said: “Police will continue to work closely with local retailers and their security staff to target those who commit this type of crime. Shoplifting is not a victimless crime. Ultimately, it’s the consumer who bears the cost of retail theft, as the cost of stolen goods is passed on to the consumer through increased prices. I hope our presence around shops and retail parks will deter shoplifters and opportunist thieves.”

The ‘day of action’ has been mounted in response to crime figures showing the offence is on the increase.

In ‘hotspot’ areas where offending is most common, police officers, PCSOs and officers on horseback will be patrolling the streets.

Staff in plain-clothes will also be patrolling shops regularly targeted by shoplifters, hoping to catch criminals in the act. Officers will also be working with stores to hand out crime prevention advice.

n Anyone with information about shoplifters in Sheffield should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.