Please attribute to Senior Sergeant Ian Osland, Wairarapa Prevention Manager:
Police have arrested and charged a 32-year-old Masterton woman, following an investigation into offending on Facebook Marketplace.
The woman has been bailed and will appear in Masterton District Court on Thursday 19 August in relation to this online offending and also shoplifting offences.
Police received a report from a member of the public who purchased a multitool on marketplace for $95, but never received the item.
As part of the investigation, Police reviewed a number of bank statements relating to the offender and found she had sold the multitool 47 times over a 13 day period.
Police, were particularly concerned over the number of people who fell victim to the scam and did not report it to Police.
Many people choose not to out of embarrassment at being deceived, however they should be assured that Police will take any report seriously.
This is not an uncommon…