OPERATION LILLY has been launched to target prolific shop theft offenders and identify offenders wanted for undetected crimes in the East Riding. The operation is now into its final week and detectives have been pleased with the results.
Over the last three weeks a total of 24 images have been released to the media, of which 12 of those people have been identified as a direct result of people calling the police.
A further five images have been released this week with the hope of members of the public identifying them.
Detective Sergeant Mark Ormiston said: “We are now in the final week of Operation Lilly, however this does not mean shop theft will not remain a priority for the force. With shop theft costing each UK tax payer an estimated £200 each year, it’s in everyone’s interest to reduce shop lifting.
“The East Riding had 261 reported shop thefts between 1st June to 28th August 2012, over the same period in 2011 the East Riding had 298 shop thefts, seeing a drop in reported shop thefts by 37. I am very happy the amount of reported shop thefts is steadily decreasing year on year, especially as the force has started to see an increase in first time offenders stealing non-essential items like wine and expensive meats, due to the economic strain on people’s purses and wallets.”
The purpose of the police releasing images to the media was to help identify any unknown suspects caught on CCTV, and in doing so 12 people have been identified, 11 arrested of those; 3 x released on police bail, pending further enquiries, 4 charged to court with shop thefts, 1 x remanded to prison pending a date for court and 1 x given a 130 week prison sentence. A warrant is currently out for the arrest of the last person named who is believed to live in another county.
DS Ormiston added: “By stealing and criminalising yourself, you are potentially ruining your future career choices, possibly banned from shopping in your usual store and having a criminal record that will be with you for the rest of your life. Don’t be short-sighted and be tempted to steal, think of the longer term consequences when you are caught.”
A further 5 CCTV images are published below. If anyone recognises any of the people featured in the images, please ring HUMBERSIDE POLICE on 101, quoting ‘Operation Lilly’ and the crime reference number (eg: CS/1919183/12) associated with each image.