Six charged with alleged shoplifting

The charges follow a police initiative on retail crime
The charges follow a police initiative on retail crime

Six people have been charged in connection with alleged shoplifting in the North-east.

It follows a police crackdown on retail crime in the Garioch.

Additional high visibility and plain clothes patrols were undertaken in Inverurie, Westhill, Insch and Newmachar.

Officers have been working closely with local shop owners and staff to provide guidance, support and education on basic crime prevention measures.

The combined value of property reported stolen was more than £730. Reports have been sent to the procurator fiscal.

PC Kieran Russell, from Garioch Community Policing Team, who led the first stage stage of the ongoing operation, said: “This initiative allows us to build on existing partnerships in the community and to target individuals committing thefts within local retail premises.

“The operation also focuses on education, prevention and enforcement with a clear message that we will actively pursue those responsible for the commission of crime.

“We are also paying attention to reports of individuals selling stolen property and I would urge anyone with information on those committing shopliftings or those selling stolen property to get in touch with police.”

Local Area Commander, Chief Inspector Murray Main, said: “Retail crime has a negative impact on both businesses and local communities.

“Retailers lose income and often that burden has to be passed on to customers. Officers have launched this operation to first and foremost prevent crimes taking place and also to target individuals who do commit crime, including those who travel into the area to steal.

“Officers across Aberdeenshire South will continue to work closely with retailers and support businesses while we robustly target persistent offenders.”