Thieving to auction online being countered by police
Is your online bargain a deal or a steal?
Three people allegedly involved in selling stolen property on the internet are before the courts.
Auckland City police on July 30 arrested two women suspected of stealing clothes to order to meet demand on online auctions.
Police recovered a ‘‘considerable amount’’ of clothing during their inquiries, Inspector Vaughn Graham says.
They were arrested after staff at an inner city shop that is taking part in the Storewatch programme recognised them.
Storewatch is an initiative where retailers share information about suspicious people.
The women have been charged with theft.
A man is facing a charge of receiving stolen property after allegedly listing musical instruments, taken from a car in the central city, on Trade Me.
The owner contacted police after seeing them advertised.
Police executed a search warrant and recovered the instruments.
Police monitor online auctions for stolen property, Graham says.
Those buying second hand items should take care that they are not unwittingly supporting criminal behaviour, he says.
‘‘If it seems too good to be true it probably is,’’ he says.
‘‘Buying items from reputable stores and individuals and asking for documented receipts all helps to reduce the opportunities for these people.’’
Fighting back: Fashion retailers are battling theft through the Storewatch programme.