To catch a thief: Bad guys shamed

TOUGH STANCE: John Donnelly is posting up faces of customers alleged to have stolen from him to combat rising thefts.
TOUGH STANCE: John Donnelly is posting up faces of customers alleged to have stolen from him to combat rising thefts. Lee Constable

IT TAKES more than just a good guy to catch a bad guy.

Sick of people stealing from his store in North Mackay, John Donnelly who owns John Donnelly The Good Guys, is getting tough on theft.

The small business owner says stealing from his store is the worst it's ever been and there is no limit to who steals or what they steal.

"Anything and everything. I don't know if they really need what they are taking ... or if it's just spur of the moment," he said.

For the last six months, he has displayed photos of alleged thieves with the contact number for Crime Stoppers.

"Shame them. I don't think all the businesses around need to cop it. It's happening more and more," Mr Donnelly said.

While the Daily Mercury was interviewing Mr Donnelly, a woman returned an item she had allegedly taken, after leaving her details in store from another purchase. Mr Donnelly said returning to the store rarely happened and took her photo off the wall.

"I have no pity anymore. I will pass all their information on to police and let them deal with it," he said.

"It's very disappointing. There are ways to do it if they can't afford it. We have lay-by and finance schemes.

"It's a desperate time at Christmas, but you don't want to put people in a bad situation either. They can take it on 12 months interest free and pay it off. No need to get a criminal record over a $30 radio."

The display board of faces snapped on CCTV is in plain sight of customers and the faces are often recognised.

"We have plenty of surveillance around the store. Before we couldn't see up the aisles, so we put more in."

Claiming it back on insurance isn't an option as excesses are too high. "You just keep losing. You've just got to write it off," Mr Donnelly said.

Do you have information on theft? Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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