WHEN police searched a Beechworth woman’s house, they found a veritable “Aladdin’s Cave”, a sergeant said yesterday.
Dresses, coats, scarves, shoes, handbags and stationery worth more than $5000 and allegedly stolen were found in wardrobes.
The woman, 55, will receive a summons at a later date.
Sgt Geoff Still said yesterday more than 100 items from Beechworth businesses had been discovered when police performed a search that began at 1.45pm on Wednesday.
They came from the Beechworth Emporium, NewsXpress and the Ardent Alpaca.
Sgt Still said police believed the items were accumulated over a six-month period.
He said Victoria Police received information about a woman and she was identified on CCTV footage from one of the businesses.
“It was surprising,” he said.
“It looked like Aladdin’s cave.”
Sgt Still said they were confident they would be able to recognise where most items belonged.
“We found various tags on clothing,” he said.
“We are happy because we do have owners for all of it.”
NewsXpress co-proprietor Ian McVea said he was shocked when the sergeant turned up with two shopping bags full of the newsagent’s stock, but glad to get them back.
“We had about $350 worth of things taken, which is a lot of stationery,” he said.
“I was surprised — you know people do these things but you don’t expect them to be a local.”
“Small businesses suffer enough and it’s not that bright at the moment.”
Mr McVea said he would be increasing security at the newsagency.
Sgt Still said potential thieves needed to be aware they would most likely be caught shoplifting, as many shops these days have some type of security camera.
“We are always looking at footage when something like this occurs,” he said.