Appeal to track “starbursting” thieves

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Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have issued an appeal for witnesses who may have seen “starbursting” thieves operating in Hull supermarkets.

“Starbursting” involves shoplifters entering a store, using mobile phones to stay in contact with each other and then making a dash for the exit once they have filled their trolleys.

Humberside Police said that “big money” is being made in this way, with expensive spirits, cheeses, meats and cosmetics all among the stolen items.

Supermarket security workers have also been shouted and spat at, as well as having bottles of spirits thrown at them.

Officers are looking to speak to two men who they think may be linked to the thefts, particularly an attempted one in Hull on Tuesday January 13.

Two men reportedly tried to escape Anlaby Retail Park’s Asda Living with nearly £450 of make-up in a trolley without paying before security staff confronted them.

Witnesses are asked to call Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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