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Warminster CCTV secures return of £500 shoplifted stock

8 April 2024

Multiple stolen items totalling more than £500 from shops around Warminster have been returned thanks to the help of the Warminster and Westbury CCTV partnership.

CCTV was initially alerted to an ongoing theft via the Shop Watch Radio system by Sports Direct on Wednesday 3rd April. The CCTV control room was able to quickly review nearby cameras and produce a description of the offenders.

Following this, a store in Three Horseshoes Walk also reported an ongoing theft to CCTV, with the description matching the offenders. Another phone call followed – reporting a disturbance in Weymouth Street involving the same group.

Warminster Police were quickly alerted by CCTV, as a CCTV operator continued to monitor offenders and direct police to their location.

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Although the shoplifters attempted to evade officers, thanks to the help of CCTV they were able to locate the group. As a result, items totalling more than £500 have been returned to multiple shops as police continue with their enquiries into the incident.

Sports Direct confirmed they were pleased to get their stock back and that they regularly use Shop Watch to report potential incidents to CCTV.

A Warminster Town Council spokesperson said:

We’re proud of our comprehensive and high-quality CCTV coverage; our operators have a direct radio link with Wiltshire Police and we can inform them quickly during incidents such as these. The Shop Watch Radio system has played a key role in curbing shoplifting incidents. Our cameras provide high-definition images which have excellent evidential value should they be needed in court.”

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Last modified: 9 April 2024

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