Food the most stolen item

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth with Mr Sajid Bostan, Vice Chairman of the Rotherham Private Hire Drivers Association.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth with Mr Sajid Bostan, Vice Chairman of the Rotherham Private Hire Drivers Association.

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Shops in the Rotherham area had almost £11,000 of goods stolen last month, police have revealed.

There was a slight decrease in the number of shoplifting offences reported in May, compared to those in April, after numerous police operations and incentives to tackle the problem.

Figures also show there were 161 offences of retail crime in Rotherham throughout April, with 148 offences reported in May.

The products stolen most often were food, with 53 recorded incidents, followed by 32 alcohol thefts and 20 incidents of cosmetics being stolen, followed by clothing and cleaning products.

Police say jars of coffee and Lynx deodrants are being targeted in stores and the estimated cost of all items stolen in May was £11,000.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth said: ”Although we have had a reduction in shoplifting last month, this continues to prove a challenging crime to tackle, even though we are arresting and detecting such a considerable amount of these offenders.

“I am committed to reducing this crime in the borough.

“We are continuing to maintain our efforts, but admit that this needs a great deal of focus from the police.

“Working closely with stores, we have prevented crime trends at those locations and continue to arrest or caution offenders as soon as identified.”

Police say 38 offences last month resulted in people being charged, with 12 fixed penalty notices issued and two cautions made as well.

Liam Flanagan, aged 33, from Ash Grove, Rawmarsh was jailed for 16 weeks after stealing cosmetics from Poundstretcher in Bridgegate, Rotherham.

And 37-year-old Andrew Inwood from Richards Way, Rawmarsh received a 12-week suspended jail term for a theft at the Co-op in Kimberworth Park.

n Anyone with information about theft should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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