9 April 2020

Police allege prolific shoplifter stole goods worth almost $40,000

| Michael Weaver
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Police have arrested a woman for allegedly stole more than $38,000 worth of items. Photo: File.

A Farrer woman who has allegedly repeatedly stolen hair and beauty items, alcohol and cigarettes from various shops in Canberra will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (9 April).

ACT Policing’s Crime Disruption Team arrested the 31-year-old Farrer woman yesterday for eight shoplifting incidents. Police believe she stole goods worth more than $38,000.

They believe the repeat offences were carried out by the woman between October 2019 and January this year.

The woman first came to the attention of police when they executed a search warrant on a Calwell residence for a matter unrelated to the woman in December last year. During the warrant, police located a large amount of hair and beauty products which were later identified as being stolen from a hair and beauty supply store in Mitchell.

Further investigations led to police executing a second search warrant on a Farrer residence on Wednesday (8 April. During the search they recovered more hair care products which were also identified as stolen from a hair and beauty supply store in Mitchell.

Police will allege the woman was involved in the following thefts:

  • On Tuesday, 29 October 2019: $3655.71 worth of grocery items from a supermarket in Franklin.
  • On Saturday, 9 November 2019: 88 items worth $8296.45 from a hair and beauty store in Mitchell.
  • On Saturday, 23 November 2019: 177 items worth $7396.85 from the same hair and beauty store in Mitchell, entering and leaving the premises three times via a loading dock.
  • On Saturday, 30 November 2019: a further 209 items worth $13,605.32 from the hair and beauty store in Mitchell.
  • On Monday, 13 January 2020: cigarettes worth $2577.25 from a bottle shop in Wanniassa.
  • On Wednesday, 22 January 2020: cigarettes worth $775.40 from a bottle shop in Calwell.
  • On Thursday, 23 January 2020: cigarettes and alcohol worth $1608.50 from a bottle shop in Franklin.
  • On Thursday, 23 January 2020: cigarettes worth $276 from a bottle shop in Dunlop.

The total value of the items stolen, including those recovered, was $38,191.48.

Police believe the woman committed most of these thefts with several co-offenders. Investigations into the thefts are ongoing and police urge the co-offenders to come forward to police.

The woman will be charged with four counts of joint commission of theft, three counts of joint commission of minor theft and one count of theft.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said they will oppose any requests for bail.

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Unfortunately police are now spending less time and effort on detecting crooks and criminals and more time detecting and persecuting ordinary citizens going about daily activities. Some police are showing a vindictive side of their natures, which will undermine community support and confidence in the police force. The police themselves must resist the temptation to over-react. Fortunately, the ACT Police are not showing the same excessive zeal of their state counterparts.

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