Police nab more than 120 shoplifters in 4-day Sydney blitz

Police have arrested more than 120 people during a shoplifting crackdown at major shopping centres across Sydney.

From Tuesday to Saturday, police arrested a total of 123 people during a five-day operation at a number of major retail outlets across the Sydney CBD, Surry Hills, Waterloo, Zetland, and Bondi Junction.

Those arrested were charged with 129 offences including larceny, stealing, and fraud.


Detective Acting Inspector Matthew Crematy said the festive season generally sees an increase in customers and can therefore create opportunities for shoplifters.

“Christmas shopping means more customers in stores so more work for staff members, and a general influx of foot traffic through major shopping precincts,” Det Acting Inspector Crematy said.

“These factors combined can often be seen as an opportunistic time for potential shoplifters to target major retailers.

Over the course of the operation, police also recovered more than $11,200 worth of stolen goods.