Dunedin retailers have been targeted by teens stealing
clothes ordered via social networking sites.
A fashion retailer told the Otago Daily Times an
urgent stocktake revealed up to $5000 in clothing items had
been stolen from the George St shop in the past year.
That stocktake was prompted by the recent arrest of a teen at
a department store.
Police found him in possession of items allegedly stolen,
including clothes of various sizes with the George St shop's
labels still attached.
The shopowner, who declined to be named for fear of
reprisals, said staff recognised a picture of the offender,
who was a frequent visitor, along with his friends, to the
Thefts had led to the installation of a $5000 security
The shopowner said items stolen included soccer boots,
underwear and other items of clothing from other Dunedin
It appeared teens were stealing to order, following requests
on social networking sites from their peers, she said.
The organised nature of the shoplifting has prompted the
Otago Chamber of Commerce to organise a special theft
prevention workshop for city retailers.
''It is important, because it is a cost on retailers and
ultimately a cost on us as consumers, because you end up
having to pay for what someone is stealing,'' chief executive
John Christie said.
The use of social networking sites to steal to order was a
Some retailers had no idea how much stock had been stolen,
and many were now opting to increase security.
Retailers interested in attending the theft prevention
workshop were urged to contact the Chamber of Commerce.