Shoplifters nabbed in Alberton

Date: 11 Jun 2007
A gang of shoplifters, who had been targeting supermarkets in Alberton North, were arrested by metro police officers at the weekend. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said officers from their Tracing Unit staked out a supermarket in Alberton North after receiving complaints that a gang of shoplifters had been targeting supermarkets in the area. He said they noticed five women getting out of a car at the Squeeze-in Spar. They entered the store, while their male driver remained in the car. Two of the women went to buy airtime, while the other three disappeared behind shelves, unaware that metro officers in civilian clothes were watching them. Maboko said they took 2kg boxes of washing powder and hid them between their thighs, before walking out to their car, where Tracing Unit members arrested the women, aged between 23 and 30, and their 32-year-old driver. Four of the women and the driver are from Yeoville and one woman is from Hillbrow. The officers found more 10 boxes of washing powder in the vehicle. Maboko said three of the women were wearing double skirts to make themselves "look big", and so that they could hide stolen goods. The store manager said shoplifters had been targeting supermarkets in the area for a long time. "The managers had been battling to catch them, and called in metro police to help," Maboko said. The six suspects were expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrate's Court today. By Anna Louw The Star 11/06/07 e1