Children recruited for shoplifting in the Illawarra: police

A woman charged with recruiting children to commit shoplifting crimes in the Illawarra during the last month will face court.

Lake Illawarra detectives have been investigating alleged shoplifting offences in the local area since June.

Investigations led detectives to believe a woman was recruiting juveniles to commit the offences.

Police searched a Lake Illawarra home on Tuesday and found stolen items as well as cannabis and a nunchaku.

A 33-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.

Further investigations led police to arrest a 14-year-old boy at a home in Barrack Heights.

The woman has been charged with six counts of larceny, four counts of recruiting a child to take part or assist in criminal activity, offensive conduct  and goods suspected stolen in/on premises.

She has been granted conditional bail to appear at Port Kembla Local Court on  August 6.

The boy has been charged with six offences including larceny.

He was refused bail, to appear in children’s court on Thursday.