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RCMP arrest 32 shoplifters at Pine Centre Mall

The Prince George RCMP Downtown Safety Unit partnered with mall security to target prolific shoplifters
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The Prince George RCMP Downtown Safety Unit partnered with Pine Centre Mall security for a "Boost and Bust" operation to catch prolific shoplifters.

Prince George RCMP Downtown Safety Unit partnered with Pine Centre Mall security to crack down on prolific shoplifters, according to a RCMP statement released on Friday.

During a three day period between Sept.  16 and Sept 18, RCMP arrested 32 people for a variety of offences including theft, resisting arrest and failing to comply with court-ordered conditions.

In addition, RCMP arrested three people on outstanding warrants for previous charges. Many of those arrested were well-known to police for similar offences and more than one was violating court orders not to be at the mall.

A total of $4,500 in stolen goods were recovered.

Many of the individuals arrested are known to police for similar offenses and more than one was violating conditions not to be at Pine Centre Mall. 

A total of 20 reports were sent to the B.C. Prosecution Service as a result of the “Boost and Bust” operation.

“This is another great example of the hard work our police officers are doing on a daily basis to keep Prince George safe,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Cooper said.

The suspects were released on undertakings with future court dates and the investigations are ongoing.

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