Three people arrested over stolen baby formula
More than $175,000 of stolen goods, including baby formula, has been seized as part of a shoplifting sting in Sydney.
NSW Police executed four search warrants at two businesses at Bankstown, a warehouse at Milperra, and a home in Condell Park yesterday, as part of Operation Lightfingers.
During the searches, officers seized more than $55,000 cash, and stolen goods, including baby formula, cosmetics and groceries, with a total value of more than $175,000.
They arrested a 28-year-old man and two women, aged 26 and 53, at a carpark on Canterbury Road, Bankstown. All three were taken to Bankstown Police Station.
Today a fifth search warrant was executed at a motel room at Liverpool where officers seized a 'gel blaster' firearm, a baton and steroids.
The man and younger woman were both charged with 15 counts of larceny, and six counts of dispose property-theft.
Police will allege in court that the pair stole baby formula and electric toothbrushes worth more than $10,000 from supermarkets and retail stores across Sydney on 21 separate occasions.
The older woman was charged with six counts of dispose property-theft, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and goods suspected stolen in/on premises.
Police will allege in court that the woman was receiving the stolen goods to on-sell for financial benefit.
All three were refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today.
Redfern Region Enforcement Squad Commander, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, said businesses should remain vigilant, particularly as the festive season approaches.
"Christmas is typically a very busy period in retail with an influx of shoppers, and this can often be seen as an opportunistic time for potential shoplifters to target stores while staff members are busy with customers.
"Today's results should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can steal goods without paying for them, that they will be caught, and they will be put before the courts."
Police are urging anyone with information about retail theft or fraud offences to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.