Dunwoody police this week arrested 24 people suspected of shoplifting in and around Perimeter Mall, officials said Thursday.
The arrests were part of an operation with the Georgia Retailers Organized Retail Crime Alliance to reduce theft at retail stores.
Of the 24 people arrested Tuesday and Wednesday, three are juveniles, the police department said in a statement. None of the suspects were identified.
A total of $6,279 worth of merchandise was recovered, police said. They charged the suspects with a total of 11 felonies and 27 misdemeanors. The police department did not say in what time frame the arrests took place.
Officers teamed up with security officers in stores and “worked to identify and apprehend shoplifters,” Dunwoody police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said.
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With Perimeter Mall and a number of other popular retail areas located in Dunwoody, the city has seen a relatively high number of retail crimes over the years.
Last year, Dunwoody police officers arrested about 650 people for shoplifting, far more than for any other crime, according to the 2018 annual report. Just over 1,800 cases of larceny were reported.
“Retail crimes affect the safety and bottom lines of our stores, employees, and customers,” said Thomas Beusse, executive director of the Georgia Retailers group. “However, due to this ongoing collaboration, we hope those who would commit these crimes think twice before acting in Dunwoody.”
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