A MAN has been charged after allegedly replacingsupermarket barcodes at an Erina supermarket.
Police swept through the Erina shopping centre on Terrigal Drive on Tuesday in Operation Trader.
Officers arrested a 32-year-old man following a short foot pursuitin a supermarket.
It is alleged he wasreplacing barcodes.
He was charged with 18 counts of obtain benefit by deception and granted conditional bail until February.
Police also charged a number of other alleged shoplifters, including a 20-year-old woman found with wire cutters in a department store.
She will face court in February, along with three others arrested over shoplifting incident.
Those charged with shopliftingincluded a 25-year-old man, a 63-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man.
A 25-year-old woman was also charged with possessing stolen goods.
A teenager, 17, was stopped by police leaving a store when he allegedly assaulted two male officers, kicking them as they tried to arrest him.
Neither officer was injured.
It is alleged the teenager was involved in a Springfield break and enter on December 17.
He will face a children’s court on Wednesday.
Brisbane Water crime managerDetective Inspector Glenn Trayhurn said police would patrol shopping centres during the Christmas rush and Boxing Day sales.
“Thieves may have a false sense of security given the increase in traffic through stored during the busy Christmas period,” Detective Inspector Trayhurn said.
“But an increase in security and improved surveillance technology is proving that offenders are easily caught.
“We will continue to work with retailers to make it clear that shoplifting and unlawful behaviour is not tolerated.