13 Dec 2023

Chocolate, beauty items, sneakers thieves' key Christmas target

From Checkpoint, 5:41 pm on 13 December 2023

'Tis the season for thieving, and according to police retail crime unit, shoplifters are honing in on targeting tasty high value treats like chocolate, beauty products and trendy sneakers.

The unit that was set up in Mid 2022, targets some of the country's worst shoplifters.

Retail NZ estimates there's a billion dollars a year in losses from retail offending.

A supermarket customer spoken to by Checkpoint has twice witnessed brazen chocolate heists from an Auckland supermarket.

Meanwhile, the national retail investigation support unit says intel it's gathered on some of the worst offenders has led to thousands of charges against hundreds of offenders.

Head of unit Matt Tierney speaks to Lisa Owen.