Kids charged with sho­plift­ing

Guardian Express - - NEWS - By JON BAS­SETT

CHIL­DREN al­legedly have been sho­plift­ing and stay­ing late in the city dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

“They’ve been brazen, some­times just walk­ing into a shop and tak­ing things off front shelves,” Se­nior Sergeant Craig Davis said.

On Septem­ber 25, he said CCTV cap­tured girls tak­ing a $400 jacket and bags from David Jones de­part­ment store in the Hay Street Mall.

It will be al­leged a girl (14) took a $100 scarf from the store in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent that day.

She has been charged with steal­ing and will ap­pear at Perth Chil­dren’s Court at a later date.

Sgt Davis said chil­dren had trav­elled in on trains and stayed in the CBD af­ter 9pm.

“There has been an in­flux of kids into the city, and so there’s been an in­crease in sho­plift­ing and as­saults,” he said.

About 50 chil­dren were taken home by po­lice on the first Fri­day of the hol­i­days be­cause they breached the Child Wel­fare Act that im­poses a 9pm cur­few.

A group of about 100 chil­dren used trains to get the city af­ter par­ties were shut down in south-east­ern sub­urbs that week­end.

Sgt Davis said po­lice were work­ing on the prob­lem with the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity.

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