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Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby Mike123 » 03 Mar 2012, 17:03

THERE’S a new criminal craze to rival metal thefts – with CHEWING GUM the unlikely booty.

Lawyers said the sticky substance was big business for crooks who were swiping up to £800-worth of the stuff to send back to Romania, where it has effectively become a form of currency.

Dean Lampard, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The theft of large quantities of chewing gum is becoming big business.”

Two Romanian men were jailed last week for stealing more than £1,000 of chewing gum from an Asda store in Taunton and a shop in Norfolk.

And PC David Walton, of West Mercia Police said it was a growing problem in the Midlands and North Yorkshire.

He said: “We are not talking about a couple of packs; we are talking about five, six, seven maybe eight hundred pounds’ worth in one go.

“In Romania, they will give you sticks of chewing gum as opposed to change.”


- http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top- ... z1o4eaWWSE

We did have a few of these thefts last year, about £200 worth at a time, they used to just grab a box off the shelf and either try to carry it straight out of the store or empty the smaller individual chewing gum packets into shopping bags.
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby Enigma » 03 Mar 2012, 18:56

I am sure before long the bubble will burst. :mrgreen:
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby Stevew » 04 Mar 2012, 20:58

My guys have caught a few of these.

Bring a whole new meaning to the word "sticky fingers" :lol:
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby TrySomewhereElse » 04 Mar 2012, 21:44

They need to get a Gumshoe on the case
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby noise stopper » 08 Mar 2012, 17:56

HOw much chewing gum do you have to nick before you get into £000's? :shock:
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby outofmind12 » 09 Mar 2012, 09:28

noise stopper wrote:HOw much chewing gum do you have to nick before you get into £000's? :shock:


You can get multipacks with 3 or 4 packs in for nearly £2. If you took every single packet on a shelf at any given time in a supermarket... your easily looking at a few hundred quid worth.
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby Mike123 » 09 Mar 2012, 11:40

One box of 'Extra' chewing (around 80-90 smaller packs inside) is worth about £70

If somebody emptied the whole box into there shopping bag, it will be much lighter and easier to carry out of the store then 6 bottles of whiskey or 12 beef joints

One of these, but bigger:

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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby noise stopper » 09 Mar 2012, 17:58

outofmind12 wrote:
noise stopper wrote:HOw much chewing gum do you have to nick before you get into £000's? :shock:


You can get multipacks with 3 or 4 packs in for nearly £2. If you took every single packet on a shelf at any given time in a supermarket... your easily looking at a few hundred quid worth.

Low profit high turnover, who knew scumbags were so economically minded!
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby gareth82 » 13 Mar 2012, 18:55

They normally go for the multi packs at about £2 each but take the full cardbord containing aroung 20 packets and empty the whole shelf into a trolley and then push the whole lot out of the door. I have made a few arrests of people trying this and each time it has come to around £500 - £800, I was also told by a copper that they also melt it down and extract something out of it to make some form of drug but not sure how reliable this is :shock:
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Re: Large chewing gum thefts from supermarkets

Postby Leeds Chimp » 26 Mar 2012, 08:49

nope its mainly romanian "gangs" that do it...we have caught a few and the figures is normally £500-1000 a time...
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