Women Charged With Stokesley Cosmetics Theft
12:32pm 6th September 2013
Two women have been charged with theft after being arrested on suspicion of stealing over £500 worth of cosmetics from a shop in Stokesely, say North Yorkshire Police.
Officers were called at around 9am on Tuesday 3 September 2013, following reports of a theft from Boots on Stokesley High Street.
Enquiries led police to address in Stockton on Tees where they arrested a woman aged in her 40s. Another woman in her 40s was arrested a short time later after being found hiding in a nearby garden.
They are due to appear at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on 27 September 2013.
Stokesely police are currently setting up a Shop Watch scheme to help prevent and detect shoplifters in the area.
Officers are planning to work more closely with local business and form a united front against shoplifting.
Sgt Nick Hill, of Stokesely Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We will not tolerate people coming into our area to commit crime and anyone doing so should expect to be pursued and arrested.
“The benefits of a Shop Watch scheme allow retailers to be kept regularly informed by police of recent or prolific offenders and they will also be supplied with photographs of offenders so their staff are aware of people committing this type of crime in their area.
“Also, any reports of people acting suspiciously in shops will be quickly circulated around other Shop Watch members so they can be on the lookout and can quickly prevent crime being committed in their premises.
“I urge any local businesses who haven’t yet signed up to the scheme to get in touch and register as soon as possible.”
If you are interested in joining the Shop Watch scheme, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PCSO Teresa Rodgerson or Stokesely police.
For more information about protecting your business from crime, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk/bizsec
If you would like to report a crime contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
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