Newcastle police in shoplifter blitz

Police have made more than two dozen arrests during a one-day crackdown on shoplifting in the Newcastle area.

Officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command conducted the covert operation at four shopping centres at Kotara, Jesmond, Mayfield and Newcastle West on Thursday.

They were assisted by loss prevention officers from the major retail stores.

During the day-long operation, police arrested 26 people for shoplifting offences.

It is expected they’ll be ordered to appear in court at a later date on larceny charges or issued criminal infringement notices.

Police also laid charges for assault, resisting arrest, offensive behaviour and outstanding warrants.

Newcastle City Local Area Commander, Superintendent John Gralton, said the operation was a great success.

“To catch 26 shoplifters at our major shopping centres in a single day is obviously quite concerning,” Superintendent Gralton said.

“We will continue to work closely with local retailers to target such offences and I can guarantee if you engage in this type of criminal activity, there is a very real chance you will be caught,” he said.

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