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When it comes to catching criminals who threaten and injure retail workers and steal goods, it’s important for Crime Stoppers to work with retailers, police and the broader community to make a difference. Our partnership with Coles, as an industry leader, helps to strengthen efforts in preventing workplace violence across South Australia and ultimately provide a safer shopping environment for retail workers and customers.

Retail crime, such as shoplifting and robbery, costs Australian businesses up to $9 billion each year.

There are also plenty of examples where a thief threatens or assaults a retail worker as part of their criminal activity.

In 2022, the South Australian Government introduced a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment for people convicted of basic assault against a retail worker on the job and seven years when the assault causes harm.

It’s a significant and serious problem, and police can’t catch those responsible on their own. They need people in the community to step up and share what they know. We understand that not everyone wants to speak direct to police, make a statement or go to court – and that’s where Crime Stoppers offers a solution, because we don’t need your name, just tell us what you know!

Below are images of suspected shoplifters and people accused of assaulting a retail worker who we need your help to identify.

We want you to look at the images of these suspects and anonymously tell us who they are by anonymously contacting Crime Stoppers online or by calling our freecall hotline on 1800 333 000.

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing meat valued at $300 from Coles at Parkholme on Monday, 29 January 2024. 

REF: SAP2400035242

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing groceries to the value of $200 from Coles at Gawler on Monday, 29 January 2024. 

REF:  SAP2400033118

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing groceries to the value of $20 from Coles at Gawler on Monday, 29 January 2024. 

REF:  SAP2400033118

If you recognise any of these people you can anonymously share what you know at the Submit a Tip tab at the top of the page or call 1800 333 000.

PLEASE QUOTE REFERENCE NUMBER

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing alcohol valued at $405 from Dan Murphy’s at Gepps Cross on Wednesday, 31 January 2024. 

REF: SAP2400029250

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing alcohol to the value of $183 from First Choice Liquor at Hindmarsh on Wednesday, 20 December 2023. 

REF: SAP2400036384

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing alcohol valued at $158 from Liquorland at Marion on Tuesday, 6 February 2024. 

REF: SAP2400036173

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing $4,483 worth of cosmetics from Priceline at Greenacres on Monday, 29 January 2024.

REF: SAP2400035420

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing alcohol valued at $1,012 from BWS at Cumberland Park on Friday, 2 February 2024. 

REF: SAP2400034387

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing alcohol valued at $1,012 from BWS at Cumberland Park on Friday, 2 February 2024. 

REF: SAP2400034387

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing alcohol valued at $1,012 from BWS at Cumberland Park on Friday, 2 February 2024. 

REF: SAP2400034387

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing alcohol valued at $1,012 from BWS at Cumberland Park on Friday, 2 February 2024. 

REF: SAP2400034387

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing four handbags valued at $799.80 from Myer at Tea Tree Plaza on Friday, 12 January 2024. 

REF: SAP2400012785

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing goods valued at $1200 from Coles at Kurralta Park on Saturday, 6 January 2024. 

REF: SAP2400009734

Do you know this female? She is suspected of stealing goods valued at $1200 from Coles at Kurralta Park on Saturday, 6 January 2024. 

REF: SAP2400009734

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing $750 worth of groceries from Coles at Plympton on Tuesday, 2 January 2024.

REF: SAP2400002311

Do you know this person? He is suspected of stealing $500 worth of groceries from Coles at St Clair on Thursday, 7 December 2023. 

REF:  SAP2300321626

Do you know this person? He is suspected of stealing goods valued at $347 from Drakes at Salisbury North on Thursday, 7 December 2023. 

REF:  SAP2300315609

Do you know this person? She is suspected of stealing $213 of cosmetics from Priceline at Greenacres on Tuesday, 12 December 2023. 

REF: SAP2300319253

Do you know this person? He is suspected of stealing $600 worth of groceries from Coles at Findon on Thursday, 14 December 2023.

REF: SAP2300321857

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $257 worth of lego from Big W at Cumberland Park on Monday, 13 November 2023. 

REF: SAP2300291521

Do you know these people? They are suspected of stealing $175 worth of goods from Coles at West Lakes on Sunday, 12 November 2023. 

REF: SAP2300290913

Do you know this person? She is suspected of stealing $35 worth of goods from the Coles store at Burnside on Monday, 13 November 2023. 

REF: SAP2300291975

Do you recognise these males? They are suspected of stealing goods valued at $3,356 from Bunnings at Prospect on Sunday, 17 December 2023. 

REF: SAP2300324345

Do you know these people? They are suspected of stealing goods from the Coles store at Findon on Thursday, 5 October 2023. 

REF: SAP2300248557

Do you know these people? They are suspected of stealing goods from Coles on Thursday, 5 October 2023 at West Lakes. 

REF: SAP2300247798

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $617 worth of clothing from Myer in Adelaide on Tuesday, 24 October 2023. 

REF: SAP2300268443

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $82 worth of groceries from Coles on Sunday, 15 October at Kurralta Park. 

REF: SAP2300257556

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $300 worth of meat from Coles on Tuesday, 19 September 2023 at Kilburn. 

REF: SAP2300234439

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing groceries from Coles at Ingle Farm on Thursday, 18th May 2023.

REF: SAP2300124477

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $140 worth of alcohol from Liquorland on Tuesday, 19 September 2023 at Payneham. 

REF: SAP2300233939

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $110 worth of clothing from Myer Sunday, 17 September 2023 at Adelaide.

REF: SAP2300232186

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $1105 worth of goods from Coles at Greenacres on Tuesday, 17 October 2023. 

REF: SAP2300260920

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $500 worth of groceries from Coles on Wednesday, 28 June 2023 at Ingle Farm. 

REF: SAP2300217442

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $178 worth of groceries from Coles on Tuesday, 5 September 2023 at Edwardstown. 

REF: SAP2300221316

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $250 worth of groceries from Coles on Monday, 4 September 2023 at St Clair.

REF: SAP2300219825

If you recognise any of these people you can anonymously share what you know at the Submit a Tip tab at the top of the page or call 1800 333 000.

PLEASE QUOTE REFERENCE NUMBER

Do you know these females? They are suspected of stealing $319 worth of alcohol from Liquorland at St Clair on Saturday, 25 November 2023. 

REF: SAP2300303308

Do you know this male? He is suspected of stealing $400 worth of groceries from the Coles Express at Gawler on Friday, 15 December 2023. 

REF: SAP2300322397

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing $369 worth of toothpaste from Coles on Wednesday, 18 October at Ingle Farm. 

REF: SAP2300260310

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing alcohol from First Choice Liquor at Hindmarsh on Wednesday, 28 June 2023. 

REF: SAP2300160109

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing groceries from Coles at Mount Gambier on Friday, 29 September 2023.

REF: SAP2300243815

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing clothing from the Myer store in Adelaide on Thursday, 15 June 2023.

REF: SAP2300150271

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing bedding from Spotlight at Gepps Cross on Tuesday, 13 June 2023.

REF: SAP2300147074

Do you know this person? They are suspected of using a stolen credit card to buy items at the OTR in Munno Para on Wednesday, 5 April 2023. 

REF: SAP2300087735

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing goods from The Good Guys at Gepps Cross on Saturday, 6 May 2023.

REF: SAP2300113566

Do you know these people? They are suspected of stealing over $1000 of groceries from Coles at Reynella on Sunday, 8 October 2023.

REF: SAP2300261080

Do you know this person? They are suspected of stealing items from the OTR at Alberton on Thursday, 11 May 2023.

REF: SAP2300117887

FAQ'S

Retail crime costs us all. Every single theft and robbery impacts on sustainability of a business and ultimately increases the cost of goods to consumers. For some smaller business who are already dealing with tight profit margins, losing stock to thieves may force them to close their doors, forever.

What’s even more sobering is that less than 20% of retail crimes are estimated to be reported to police – with nearly 13,000 shoplifting incidents reported in South Australia during a recent 12-month period.

To help tackle this growing theft epidemic, we’ve partnered with South Australia Police and industry leaders to crack down on shoplifting and catch those responsible. There has been a significant increase in shoplifting activity across South Australia with beauty products, alcohol and expensive meat some of the main targets because they are easily concealed, high-value and in-demand.

For a basic offence in South Australia the maximum penalty for theft is 10 years imprisonment.

For an aggravated offence (such as stealing from a child under 12 years or a person over 60 years) the maximum penalty is extended to 15 years imprisonment.

South Australia now has harsher penalties for people who assault retail workers, with punishments the same as those for assaulting a police officer or paramedic.

If someone is convicted of basic assault against a worker selling goods they face up to 5 years in prison, while someone convicted of assault causing harm could be imprisoned for up to 7 years.

  • Use protective devices, such as security cameras and security labels or tags
  • Encourage staff to watch customers for suspicious behaviour
  • Have someone monitor display counters, particularly where there are small, expensive items
  • Make sure merchandise is not left lying around
  • Keeping areas well lit
  • Close the cash register between every transaction and removing keys from showcases.
  • If you believe someone is leaving your business with stolen goods, then you have a right to conduct a bag search. The customer also has the right to refuse that request and they cannot be forced to agree, have physical force used against them or be unduly harassed into paying.

    If they refuse to have their bag searched, you may:

    • ask them to leave
    • refuse to sell them any goods
    • call for police assistance on 131 444 if you suspect they have been shoplifting.

When it comes to a shoplifter, a thief can be any race, gender, age or background — but generally they fall into two groups: amateurs and professionals. Amateur shoplifters usually steal on impulse, while professional shoplifters are more likely to work in pairs or groups, although there are still plenty who seem to work alone. They often steal to obtain a false refund for the items, have typically ‘cased out’ a store before stealing and target smaller, high-value and harder to trace items such as Lego, high-end cuts of meat and alcohol.

When looking for a shoplifter, consider the following red flags:

  • Past offences – you may already be aware of specific individuals who have or have tried to steal from your store previously. Plenty of businesses now have images of known or suspected thieves in staff rooms so workers can keep an eye out.
  • Atypical customers – while it’s certainly not an absolute sign of guilt, look out for people that don’t look like your ‘typical’ customer.
  • Oversized clothing or big bags – someone wearing baggy clothes or carrying a big bag, such as a backpack, duffle bag, purse or grocery bag, is potentially a thief and they will use whatever means to conceal goods.
  • Groups – there are plenty of thieves that work as a team, with someone distracting a worker while another member of the group steals goods. The distractor buys time by asking questions about how to find a specific item or whether something is in stock.
  • Professionals – there are plenty of ‘professionals’ who spend all their time stealing, and they use more advanced tactics to take what isn’t theirs, such as carrying thin, sharp blades (like razor blades) to remove alarm tags in changing room or lining a bag with tin foil to prevent alarm tags from setting off the detectors at store exists.

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