Thiev­ing to auc­tion on­line be­ing coun­tered by po­lice

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

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