‘Shop­ping list’ thief gets away

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AWOMAN who is be­lieved to “shoplift to or­der” has es­caped from the clutches of po­lice in Swin­don.

Of­fi­cers say that they have re­cov­ered a shoplifter’s shop­ping list of goods to steal for cus­tomers.

The wish list was found in the hand­bag of the known shoplifter in Swin­don town cen­tre after se­cu­rity guards tried to stop her steal­ing from a Deben­hams store.

The woman es­caped and re­mains

These lists are ob­vi­ously for peo­ple who have or­dered goods to be stolen


at large, but po­lice be­lieve she was steal­ing to or­der in time for Christ­mas.

One cus­tomer, called “Colleen”, wanted girls’ clothes aged five to six, a men’s medium grey coat and lamb chops/steaks.

An­other pair of as­so­ciates, known as “Tall P and Tasha”, were after Gucci per­fumes, while “Jimmy” wanted medium and large track­suits, men’s train­ers in sizes seven, nine and 10 and af­ter­shave.

Other items listed to be stolen in­cluded a Dyson hairdryer, an Oral B elec­tric tooth­brush, “lux­ury pil­lows” and Yankee can­dles.

PC Paul Bezzant, of Wilt­shire Po­lice, said: “These lists are ob­vi­ously for peo­ple who have or­dered goods to be stolen.

“They fea­ture names or nick­names of re­cip­i­ents along with the places where they hang out or have agreed to meet the thief.

“Our mes­sage to any­one con­sid­er­ing steal­ing for them­selves or oth­ers is that the con­se­quences of re­ceiv­ing or han­dling stolen goods are se­ri­ous – po­ten­tially you could go to prison.

“We are aware of this prob­lem in Swin­don and are work­ing with our part­ners to stamp this out.

“This in­cludes us en­gag­ing with li­censed premises – places where peo­ple of­ten choose to meet to ex­change money for stolen goods – through the Pub­watch scheme.”

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