VicPD officers concluded a three-day retail theft project in which they were able to make gains against theft during the holiday season.
From November 29th to December 1st, officers in VicPD’s Community Services Division (CSD) targeted “prolific property crime offenders.”
The project was a response to concerns raised by retail workers and security staff regarding a noticeable increase in violence, safety concerns and shoplifting.
Police say they made 17 arrests, seized weapons and recovered over $5,000 in stolen merchandise.
Those arrested face charges of shoplifting, but two individuals were also found to have breached their release orders and six people had outstanding arrest warrants.
According to police, weapon seizures during this project included knives, airsoft pistols and bear spray.
The merchandise they were able to recover for retailers included high-end jackets, athletic wear, Lego and other toys.