Four-strong ‘shoplifting gang’ arrested at York shopping park

York Designer Outlet. Photograph © Google Street View

Police have arrested a gang of four suspected shoplifters after stores in York Designer Outlet were targeted.

The four were found in possession of a number of items suspected to have been stolen from shops at the McArthurGlen mall south of York.

Officers received a call from security staff at 2.40pm on Sunday (March 4). They had already detained one man, found in possession of suspected stolen property, and were tracking the other members of the gang.

A man and a woman had been seen to leave the shopping park and get into a silver Mercedes Benz C-class.

De-tagging device

Police stopped the car before it left the outlet. On conducting a search of the vehicle, they located a number of items of clothing suspected to be stolen.

They also recovered a device believed to have been used to de-tag items.

The vehicle was seized and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop and driving without insurance.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of going equipped for theft and theft from a shop.

Security staff identified another member of the group, who was under surveillance.

Police arrested the suspect, who was in possession of a number of suspected stolen items and another suspected de-tagging device.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop and going equipped to steal.

The member of the group who security staff had already detained, a 22-year-old man, was also arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop.

All four suspects are from Sheffield. They are currently in police custody.