Wagga police say they’re “fed up” and have cracked down on shoplifting, catching more than 30 thieves in a three-day operation.
Senior Constable Brayden Sharrock said meat and cosmetic products were some of the most stolen items uncovered by disguised police.
“Most people shove it down their pants or carry a backpack,” he said.
“It can be a habit they get into with the thrill of trying to catch something but the police and the public have had enough.”
Senior Constable Sharrock said more than 18 people were issued with a $300 fine and about nine people were charged, with offenders ranging from age 14 to 80.
A Junee man was arrested as part of the Operation Cut Price on Tuesday, with outstanding warrants from the past two months.
“It’s a good way to get out there and take action because although not all of them do other crimes, majority of them are known to be doing our break and enters and stealing cars,” Senior Constable Sharrock said.
“A lot of people struggle to make ends meet and turn to shoplifting because they think they can get away with it.
“Hopefully people are looking over their shoulder.”