Bubblegum thieves caught, arrested by Counties Manukau Police

Bubblegum thieves caught, arrested by Counties Manukau Police

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Counties Manukau South Police say six mischievous thieves have been arrested for stealing offences.

Last week, several search warrants were executed targeting alleged organised criminal groups who'd travelled throughout Auckland shoplifting ‘high commodity' items.

Items stolen included pain reliever medication, corned beef tins, baby formula cans, chewing gum and chocolate bars. They were stolen in large quantities from supermarkets and usually sold to individuals or smaller businesses.

In one of the houses where a search warrant was executed, Police located one hundred and sixty-eight packets of Extra chewing gum and other stolen property.

Six people were arrested as a result — three men aged, 43, 37 and 42 including three females aged 32, 35 and 35 were all charged with thirty-five theft charges.

They have all appeared in Counties Manukau District Court and faced the charges.

The estimated cost of the stolen property is in the tens of thousands.

Area Prevention Manager Inspector Tony Wakelin says the crime only exists when others buy the stolen products.

“We encourage anyone who is offered these stolen goods to report this to Police. If you are caught buying or being involved in these types of crimes then you will be charged.”

Further enquiries are being made in relation to this incident including the identification of who specifically purchased the stolen property.

At this time it cannot be ruled out whether the possibility of any further charges being laid.

If you have any information that can assist Police in relation to this please call on 105 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image: SUPPLIED/Counties Manukau Police

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