Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

File: 23-1945

Victoria, BC – Last week, officers from VicPD’s Patrol division conducted a retail theft project which resulted in eight arrests and the recovery of over $11,000 in stolen merchandise.

Between January 17 and January 20, 2023 Patrol officers targeted shoplifters at a busy downtown retailer. Over the approximately 13-hour project, officers arrested eight people for theft under $5,000 and recovered over $11,000 in stolen merchandise. The individual incidents of theft ranged from $477 to $3,200. One suspect was already on conditions not to be in the area from a previous arrest for shoplifting at the same retailer less than three weeks earlier.

VicPD officers conducted a similar retail theft project in December 2022 where they made 17 arrests and recovered approximately $5,000 in stolen merchandise during the three-day project. These projects were in response to continued concerns from retailers and security staff about brazen thefts and safety concerns related to shoplifting.


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