TWEED police have thanked Tweed Daily News readers for helping them snag an alleged meat thief.
The woman was wanted after she allegedly stole meat products from supermarkets in Tweed Heads and Banora Point by placing them in her handbag.
Police said the crimes had occurred over a period of time, with the woman putting the products in her bag and leaving the store, sometimes as she talked on a mobile phone.
After the Tweed Daily News published a CCTV image of a woman wanted for questioning, police said they were “inundated” with calls from readers who thought they knew the identity of the woman.
The images show a young blonde woman wearing a dark, flowing skirt, a white top and black sandals and carrying a black shoulder bag.
After following up on the information provided by the public, police arrested a 30-year-old woman at a Tweed Heads home last week.
She has been charged with stealing and will face Tweed Heads Local Court next month.
“Police would like to say a big thankyou to the readers of the Tweed Daily News,” Tweed/Byron crime prevention officer Andrew Eppelstun said.
“We had numerous calls following Saturday's Tweed Daily News story (on July 11) and several Crime Stoppers reports.
“A 30-year-old Tweed woman was arrested and charged with stealing as a result of subsequent investigations.
“Other matters are still being investigated.”