26 arrested in Newcastle shoplifting blitz

AN undercover operation targeting shoplifting at four of Newcastle’s biggest shopping centres has made 26 arrests in one day.

Police yesterday targeted shopping centres at Westfield Kotara, Stockland Jesmond, Marketown at Newcastle West and Mayfield Woolworths using undercover officers.

‘‘These are offences which the whole community pays for,’’ Senior Constable Tony Tamplin said.

‘‘Traders put prices up to cover their losses.’’

Other operations will be held.

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