(BRANDON POLICE SERVICE)
Brandon police are looking for help identifying the woman in this image obtained from video surveillance. The woman is leaving Superstore on Aug. 1. She is a person of interest in a recent theft.
Brandon police are asking the public for some help in identifying "persons of interest" in some recent thefts.
Brandon police are looking for help identifying the woman in this image obtained from video surveillance. The woman is walking in the Ben Moss jewelry store at Shoppers Mall on July 12. She is a person of interest in a recent theft. (BRANDON POLICE SERVICE)
Stills from store surveillance videos have been posted on the police website and officers have tweeted out asking "Do you know this person?" with a link to the images.
In one series of images, a woman is pictured wheeling a cart out of Superstore on Aug. 1. In another, a woman is pictured walking in the Ben Moss jewelry store at Shoppers Mall on July 12.
Both postings are categorized as theft under $5,000 offences, but police were careful to issue a disclaimer that the images are released for identification purposes only and the people in the photos may or may not be responsible for any crimes.
Anyone who can identify the people in the photos can supply a name or an alias directly on the police website, police.brandon.ca, under "Crime Fighting" and "Do You Know This Person?"
Public release of surveillance footage by the police has been relatively rare, although they have sometimes included such images in their Crime Stoppers "Crime of the Week" postings.
At least one Brandon store has taken things a step further. Smitten Adult Boutique pioneered the use of social media to catch suspected shoplifters in 2010 when they posted to Facebook some surveillance video and still photos of suspects who had been spotted swiping things from store shelves.
Last year, Smitten staff told the Sun that at least five shoplifting suspects had been identified using that method.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 22, 2013