Police issued five charges and three infringement notices in a one-day shoplifting operation at Stockland Green Hills on Saturday.
Four charges were handed out for shoplifting while the fifth was for trespassing.
The three infringement notices were also related to shoplifting offences.
The operation was conducted by Port Stephens Hunter police in liaison with centre security and loss prevention officers.
It is one of several that has been organised at Green Hills since the centre expansion last year.
The shopping centre has been a major target for shoplifting over the past 12 months.