MORE than 350 people were charged with shop thefts last month as a Northumbria Police crackdown on thieves continues across the force.
During July, 353 people were charged with shoplifting across the force as part of Operation Soundwave, the force-wide campaign aimed at tackling opportunist thieves.
Also, 14 people were summoned to court, while 59 people received a caution.
Police are continuing to warn thieves there will be no let up as the crackdown on shop thieves continues during the summer.
Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “Many of those arrested were arrested more than once last month and it’s these prolific offenders who we will continue to target.
“These cause the most harm to our retailers, which has a knock-on effect to the economy, impacting on the whole community.
“But at the other end of the scale, we also continue to arrest those who haven’t been involved in crime before, but for any amount of reasons, have made a bad spur-of-the moment decision to steal.
“It’s important these people know the negative impact stealing can have on their lives and future – it’s just not worth it.”