Dozens charged for five-finger discounts on Coast
DOZENS of people indulging in five-finger discounts on the Coast have been apprehended during property crime operation Steal Blade.
Caloundra police have charged 29 people with 69 offences relating to stealing and fraud after an increasing amount of shoplifting was noticed in the area.
Over the past two weeks, police have worked with several major retailers to identify offenders and help stores improve their processes to stem the crime.
Offenders range in age from juveniles to a man in his mid 60s, with some travelling a considerable distance to target Caloundra stores.
Police report the main items stolen were hardware, alcohol and food, and are concerned with the high number of offences which can increase the price of retail goods to all members of the public.
Items of up to $500 in value have been stolen by individuals and police are currently working to identify a man who attempted to steal $1000 worth of items from a large hardware retailer in the area.
The man (pictured above) can be seen wearing a cap, sunglasses and a dark-coloured jumper while wheeling a trolley with a small child in the front through the store.
Caloundra police are keen to build partnerships with local retailers and remind retail workers and members of the public to be vigilant.
Anyone with information that could help police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 13 14 44.