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WATCH: 'Shoplifters with adapted coats' filmed emptying dozens of items from hidden pockets

Footage captures the moment two women emptied dozens of items from their 'specially-adapted' coats Photo: MEN Media

This footage captures the moment two women emptied dozens of items from their ‘specially-adapted’ coats after being stopped by staff at a branch of Quality Save.

The pair reportedly filled a basket with around £200-worth of medication and creams at the Salford shop after being collared while attempting to walk out.

Quality Save bosses claim the women were wearing coats which had been altered so the lining could be filled with goods.

Quality Save posted the video to their Facebook page to deter other thiefs Credit: MEN Media

Police were called to the store, at Walkden Retail Park, on Thursday. An investigation has been launched, GMP said. No arrests have been made.

Director of the company Richard Rudkin said the women were detained by staff and ordered to empty their pockets while being filmed.

He said they were held at the shop for around three hours before officers arrived.

Mr Rudkin said:

They had come equipped. “The pockets and internal lining of their coats had been altered. “It was all high-value stuff, medicines and creams. They had £200 worth in total.”

– Richard Rudkin, Director Quality Save

The footage was shared on Facebook in a bid to deter other would-be 'shoplifters'.

Mr Rudkin said many thieves modify clothing to avoid detection.

We had some people come in with maxi dresses with holes in. “You can catch them and bar them, but they just come back. “That’s why we are having to resort to different tactics. “Now we put signs up in our stores saying that anyone who shoplifts - or attempts to shoplift - will be shamed on social media. “We want the public to know what we deal with and help other shops and businesses be aware. “Previously we’ve thrown people out after catching them and they’ve gone straight across to another shop – it doesn’t deter them, it just deters them from us. “We know the police are struggling to deal with low level crime, we understand that because of all the cuts, but we fear that if there isn’t a clamp down then things will continue to escalate. “Hopefully this tactic will help make a difference.”

– Richard Rudkin, Director Quality Save