On Wednesday, police and loss prevention officers from Kmart and Best and Less Maitland carried out an operation targeting retail theft. As a result legal action was taken against three people for stealing. In addition, they were banned from the shopping complex for 12 months. Plain clothes loss prevention officers patrol retail premises in Maitland regularly so if you steal you will get caught eventually.
CCTV leads to arrest
CCTV is also being used to target retail theft offenders. On Friday, a 31-year-old female attended Maitland Police Station and handed herself in after her image was published on the Central Hunter Police Facebook page in relation to a theft from Best and Less, Maitland. The lady was issued an infringement notice for stealing and was also banned from returning to the store.
Theft of motorbike and chainsaws
A garage was broken into on Anderson Drive, Beresfield between midday on November 2 and midday on November 6, and a 2011 red and white Honda CRF450X motorcycle was stolen. One Stihl and two Husqvarna chainsaws were also taken. At the time of the theft the motorbike had NSW registration plate number MWL93. If any person has information please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Calls can be anonymous.
Lock your vehicles
Police are calling on motorists to remove valuables and to lock their vehicles. This request follows a number thefts over the last week from unlocked vehicles. In one matter two unlocked vehicles were targeted in Telarah and three pairs of expensive sunglasses were stolen. So please do not make it easy for thieves, take your valuables and lock your car every time.
Be wary of kangaroos
Recently police have been called to a number of incidents where kangaroos have collided with vehicles and have needed euthanising. Not surprising the kangaroos have been on the move at dawn and dusk, so please be vigilant.