A three-day retail theft investigation resulted in 17 people being arrested, and approximately $5,000 in stolen merchandise being recovered, according to Victoria Police.
Between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 officers targeted “prolific property crime offenders” in response to concerns from retail and security staff about an increase in violence and safety concerns regarding shoplifting.
Officers also seized weapons including knives, airsoft pistols, and bear spray.
Two of the people who were arrested for shoplifting were also found to be in breach of release orders and six had outstanding warrants.
Merchandise recovered included high-end jackets, athletic wear, Lego and other toys.