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Seven arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in City Centre

Alert message sent 20/02/2017 08:27:00

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Police were called to Sports Direct, Churchill Way West shortly before 3:00 pm on 6 February 2017.

The security alarms were activated and staff at the store had identified suspects in relation to shoplifting offences. Items such as clothing and bottles of perfume with a total value estimated at over £140 were recovered by staff.

A 40 year old man and 15 year old girl were arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to custody at Melksham Police Station.

Following further enquiries a residential address was searched in the City Centre and officers recovered a large amount of what police believe to be stolen goods.

A further five arrests on suspicion of theft were made at the property, both men and women, all aged between 15 and 40 years old, were also taken to custody at Melksham Police Station.

All seven suspects, who were from the local area, were subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries.

PC Rachel Gunn said: “This is a very good example of great communication and team working between the staff at Sports Direct and officers from Salisbury Community Policing Teams who attended this incident.

"Without the assistance of the staff from Sports Direct it would have been very difficult for officers to recover the large amount of items that were later located. We would like to say thank you to Sports Direct for their help with this. We will continue to work with local retailers to establish which stores other items were stolen from.”
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Claire Usher (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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