A policing team on retail crime patrols in Scarborough have arrested and charged a York woman with theft from a shop.
The incident happened at an outdoor clothing store on Newborough at around midday this Tuesday (20 December 2022).
Acting on suspicions, a PCSO stopped a man and woman who were walking along Waterhouse Lane at 12.22pm.
The man ran away but the PCSO detained a woman and seized items of clothing that were believed to have been stolen.
A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody for questioning and later charged with theft from a shop.
She was bailed with conditions to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday 9 January 2023.
Enquiries are ongoing both in Scarborough and York to trace the man.
Officers from the police Community Impact Team are carrying out Operation Carol retail crime and reassurance patrols in Scarborough town centre in the run-up to Christmas,
PC Kirsty Masters, the Scarborough Town Centre Beat Manager, said: “We know that retail crime causes a great deal of upset, disruption and loss to our business community, especially at a busy time of year like Christmas.
“Under Operation Carol, we’re working closely with retailers and playing an active role in the town’s Shopwatch scheme. This provides quick, two-way communication and a faster police response to deal with shop theft incidents and anti-social behaviour issues.”
She said the patrols send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can come to Scarborough and get away with theft.