Shoplifters strike 161 times in month

Police community support supervisor Richard Kearney and PCSO Hayley Laurie offering advice to a shopper in on how to look out for people acting suspiciously and help police reduce shoplifting in Rotherham.
Police community support supervisor Richard Kearney and PCSO Hayley Laurie offering advice to a shopper in on how to look out for people acting suspiciously and help police reduce shoplifting in Rotherham.
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A blitz on shoplifting was ordered after an increase in offending in Rotherham – with 161 offences reported last month alone.

The offences reported in April involved goods worth £16,500, with food, alcohol and cosmetics stolen the most, followed by clothing and electrical items.

There were 56 reports of stolen food, 35 thefts of alcohol and 19 thefts of cosmetics.

Officers investigating the offences have dealt with 78 – charging 42 people with 49 of the offences.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth said: “The monthly results show that we will not tolerate shoplifting in Rotherham.

“There have been a large number of offences across the borough throughout April and the good work of officers has enabled us to process many of these individuals and deal with them appropriately.

“We would like to send out a clear warning that if you were involved in one of the 83 shoplifting offences not processed to date or are thinking of going shoplifting throughout May, there is a very good chance that your name could appear in our future results for all to see.

“Shoplifting is not a victimless crime and many people use it to fund their lifestyles.

“We would encourage people to think twice before buying items that they believe to be stolen. By receiving stolen goods you could be in as much trouble as those involved in shoplifting and the buying of these stolen items is encouraging shoplifters to continue with their life of crime.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.