A POLICE operation cracking down on shoplifting has led to marked reduction in the number of reported thefts from shops.
And as the operation draws to a close, Humberside Police have vowed to keep up the pressure on thieves targeting shops in the East Riding and still want to speak to those people pictured in these CCTV images in connection with several reported shop thefts in the Bridlington area.
Detective Sergeant Mark Ormiston said despite Operation Lilly coming to an end this does not mean shop theft will not remain a force priority.
“With shop theft costing the UK tax payer an estimated £200 each year, it’s in everyone’s interest to reduce shoplifting,” DS Ormiston added.
Operation Lilly was launched at the beginning of June in a bid to identify and track down prolific shoplifters operating in the region.
Between June 1 and August 28 this year there were 261 reported shop theft in the East Riding, 37 less than those reported in the same time period for last year.
DS Ormiston said: “I am very happy the amount of reported shop thefts is steadily decreasing year on year, especially as the force has started to see an increase in first time offenders stealing non essential items like wine and expensive meats, due to economic strain on people’s purses and wallets.”
Since the launch of the operation there have been a total of 132 detection, of which there have been 70 charges, six summons to court, and 14 cautions.
But officers still want to speak to those people pictured in connection with various shop thefts in Bridlington and Flamborough.
Photo 3 shows a man police would like to speak to in connection with the theft of four cans of Special Brew, valued at £8.80, from the Co-op store, on St John’s Street in Bridlington on June 6. Crime reference CW/1911734/12.
Photo 4 shows a woman officers want to speak to in connection with the theft of a wallet from a customer at the Peacocks store on Chapel Street, Bridlington, on July 18. Crime reference CW/1918995/12.
Photos 15 and 16 show people police would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a £10 bottle of wine from the Co-op in Flamborough on June 14, as well as the theft of four bottles of wine valued at £25 from the same store on June 18. Crime reference number CW/1913428/12.
Photo 17 shows a person police want to speak to in connection with the theft of four bottles of vodka and 10 bottles of brandy worth a total of £370 from Bridlington’s Tesco store on June 22. Crime reference CW/1914101/12.
“By stealing and criminalising yourself, you are potentially ruining your future career choices, possibly banned from shopping in your usual store and having a criminal record that will be with you for the rest of your life. Don’t be short sighted and be tempted to steal, think of the longer term consequences when you are caught,” DS Ormiston added.
Anyone with any information about the people in the CCTV images should contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting the relevant crime reference number.