Shoplifters are finding it all-too-easy to sell their stolen gear.

In a hard-hitting message West Yorkshire Police have revealed that the sale of stolen property is widespread – and they know that because the criminals have told them.

And they have also warned people who buy the items they could well end up being charged with handling stolen goods.

During police interviews offenders have openly discussed how easy it is to sell on the goods that they have stolen – and this ranges from food to clothes.

They are shifting it in car boot sales and pubs.

Chris Joyce, Force Crime Prevention Officer for West Yorkshire Police, said: “The idea that shoplifting is a victimless crime is far from reality. Some individuals committing this crime do not see a victim, they see a corporate organisation who they feel can simply restock the day after and not be affected by the loss of their products.”

“Shoplifting has a huge impact on the retail sector, the economy and the local community. Some stores may end up closing, jobs could be lost and facilities that local people require could cease to operate. Shoplifting impacts on everyone and everyone has a responsibility to assist in reducing this type of crime and the market enabling shoplifters to sell on stolen goods.”

“Shoplifting is no different to any other type of theft and buying the items that shoplifters steal constitutes the handling of stolen goods, both of which are criminal offences. If you are caught with stolen goods then you should expect to face the consequences.

“People who buy items from car boot sales, in the pub or at the front door when the price seems too good to be true need to think twice. If a deal is too good to be true then it almost certainly is.”

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“If you know your regular perfume costs £30 when you buy it from a regular store, and someone is offering it at £5 in the pub then you know there is something not quite right. The same principal applies when purchasing any items, from perfume to cosmetics or joints of meat to personal accessories.

“People might think they are getting a bargain, that it doesn’t really matter to anyone, and that the crime is ‘victimless.’ We all like legitimate bargains, but ones associated with criminal activity are obviously a different matter.

“Some shoplifters spend the vast majority of money they make from shoplifting on drugs, sometimes as much as 95%. It goes without saying that drugs have a terrible impact on our communities, so that £5 spent on a bottle of stolen perfume has much wider implications and consequences.”

The Caught on Camera section of the West Yorkshire Police website: features photos of people wanted in connection with alleged offences – often shoplifting.

It is regularly updated and the faces are shown in the Examiner every Thursday.

Mr Joyce added: “Caught on Camera is a very popular section of the website and frequently displays high quality images of people that we want to trace. If people go on the site there is every chance they will recognise someone. Their call might give us the final piece in the jigsaw we need to identify a prolific offender and bring someone to justice.”

* These three men are the latest images put on the Kirklees section of Caught On Camera section of the West Yorkshire Police website. Police believe they may have information about thefts from shops.

Man wanted for theft from shop. Reference number KD678
Man wanted for theft from shop. Reference number KD672
Man wanted for theft from shop. Reference number KD673