Topics:  backpackers, hinkler central shopping centre, shoplifting

Huge shoplifting haul

ABOUT 20 people, including two juveniles and some international backpackers, have been charged after being caught shoplifting at Hinkler Central Shopping Centre and in the Bundaberg CBD.

Bundaberg police had four officers walking the beat during the two-day operation on Wednesday and Thursday.

The operation covered both Hinkler Central Shopping Centre and the Bundaberg CBD.

Loss prevention officers from Coles also took part in targeting those fond of the five-fingered discount.

Bundaberg Police Beat officer-in-charge Senior Constable Rob Jorna said the oldest of the shoplifters was 76 years old.

"We got a majority from Coles," he said.

"We also were operating in the CBD where we obtained one from First Choice and one from Cash Converters."

Snr Const Jorna said a majority of the shoplifters were taking grocery items and food.

He said the police were happy with the success of the operation, which had been conducted because they had the resources available.

"There was no information that we had that would have pointed to a number of offences," he said. "We conducted a similar operation about a month ago and got the same kind of result."

Snr Const Jorna said apart from "a couple" of international backpackers, the rest of the offenders were from the Bundaberg region.

The two juveniles will be dealt with through with the juvenile justice system.

The remaining offenders will appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court at a later date.


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