Police officers in Staveley are dressing up as customers in a bid to halt purse thefts and shoplifting in a supermarket in the run up to Christmas.
They are going undercover in Morrisons in the hope of reducing offending at the busiest time of the year.
Sergeant Colin McInulty, of Derbyshire Police, said: “There are some people who might think shoplifting is a victimless crime, but the loss in stock means higher prices for consumers and can also affect the reputation of our local community.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with businesses and hope our presence will help deter shoplifting and other retail-related crime such as purse thefts.”
Since Monday, November 11, five people have been found shoplifting at the store.
Trevor Lloyd, aged 39, of Riley Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, was charged and is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on Thursday, January 6.
A 15-year-old girl from Bolsover was ordered to pay for the items and banned from Morrisons.
And an 18-year-old man from Chesterfield, a 33-year-old woman from Staveley and a 28-year-old man from Staveley were given fixed penalty notices.
Tony Sherlock, store manager, said: “We are pleased to be able to work closely with police in Staveley to target retail-related crime.
“It is important to our store and the police that shoppers feel confident they can have a comfortable and safe shopping experience.”