Woman charged with stealing twelve boxes of scorched almonds

A woman has been arrested in Auckland’s Papakura district after she was found with a dozen boxes of scorched almonds allegedly stolen from a supermarket.

Police found the woman, who was cycling, shortly after 5pm last night.

She was wanted for arrest after committing ‘multiple’ alleged shoplifting incidents.

“When she saw the police she threw the bike away and started running, but we eventually took her into custody and found 12 boxes of scorched almonds in her possession,” Detective Inspector Matt Hoyes said.

“These were confirmed stolen from a supermarket in Papakura approximately five minutes earlier.”

The 25-year-old woman was due to appear in the Papakura District Court today charged with 20 shoplifting offences.

This morning Foodstuffs North Island told 1News that retail crime at its stores had more than doubled in the past two years.

Also yesterday, a 45-year-old woman was arrested in Papakura after police were called to a supermarket on East Street.

“A shoplifter took a quantity of meat products and left the store,” Hoyes said. “Our staff found her in the area approximately twenty minutes later and took her into custody. She had an arrest warrant for an incident in Papakura last month in which a person was allegedly assaulted and money stolen.”

The woman was due to appear in the Papakura District Court today on charges of burglary, assault, shoplifting and bail jumping.

Shortly before 10pm, another woman, again in Papakura, was arrested after allegedly walking out of a supermarket with several unpaid items.

“While the perpetrator had left the store, our employees quickly arrived on the scene and found her in a vehicle parked nearby.

“The stolen items were found inside and recovered. She was taken into custody without further incident,” Hoyes said.

The 42-year-old will appear in the Papakura District Court tomorrow where he faces four charges of shoplifting.

“These brazen acts are a scourge on our community, and we will do everything in our power to hold those who behave in this way accountable,” Hoyes said.