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Alleged thief caught with stolen clothing worth $3500

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Police responded to a shoplifting incident in Botany on May 6. Times file photo

A man who thought he had the right to take clothing from an east Auckland shopping centre is now facing charges.

Counties Manukau East Police area prevention manager, Inspector Rakana Cook, says the incident happened in Botany on Monday night.

He says officers responded to reports of shoplifting from a shopping centre on Ti Rakau Drive at about 5.50pm.

“It’s alleged a man entered a retail store at the centre and left with several items from a clothing rack.

“It’s understood he then left the premises in a vehicle and was seen travelling on Chapel Road.”

A short time later, police in the area sighted the vehicle travelling west on Ti Rakau Drive.

“The vehicle stopped for police when signalled to do and  officers located 10 jackets in the man’s possession,” Cook says.

The man was taken into custody without further incident and has since been arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

The 44-year-old was due to appear in the Manukau District Court today, May 7, on charges relating to the incident, as well as breaching court release charges.

He’s also been trespassed from the shopping centre.

Cook says the stolen items have since been returned to the store.

“The items taken retail at $3500 in total.

“This was a considerable loss for the store involved and police are pleased to have been able to provide them with a quick resolution.”

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