UPDATE, Thursday, 8.30am: An offender who walked out of a Warrnambool store with a 90cm TV under his arm on Wednesday afternoon told police he "got a buzz" out of committing the brazen crime.
Warrnambool Senior Constable Lewis Martin said the 20-year-old man and his 40-year-old female partner had been charged in relation to thefts committed at seven Warrnambool shops.
The couple loaded the goods onto a trolley and went from raided Gateway Plaza stores then Harvey Norman complex and then the Homemaker Centre.
They were arrested about 12.30pm after a foot chase through Gateway Plaza.
Senior Constable Martin said their shopping trolley was loaded with shopping bags and black garbage bags.
"The trolley was chockers with stolen goodies," he said.
"He has been charged with eight or nine offences and she with about six offences."
Police allege the couple were in Gateway Plaza on Wednesday morning where they stole items from Chemist Warehouse, Kmart, and the Reject Shop.
They then went to Harvey Norman before proceeding with the trolley to the Homemaker Centre where The Good Guys and Cheap As Chips were targeted.
"We had numerous reports from witnesses and shop staff and there was a manhunt down the highway," Senior Constable Martin said.
"At every shop they entered they stole something. We still have items for which we do not have owners.
"The security camera footage of the man walking out of Cheap As Chips with the 60 inch TV is just amazing.
"It wasn't even in a box. He's taken the TV that was on show in the store.
"After a foot chase through Gateway Plaza they were arrested at about 12.30pm."
Senior Constable Martin said all the stolen property was recovered, including the television worth $699 and the total value of stolen goods was well in excess of $1000.
"The male offender told us he got a buzz out of it, especially stealing the tele," he said.
"Other stolen items included a speaker, jacket, mattress protector, dog bed, electrical power board, five lots of perfume and cologne, shampoo and muscle protein powder."
The police officer said the man was also wanted in relation to stealing a trolley load of items from the Warrnambool Target store in Koroit Street on Friday last week.
"It will be alleged the man, who was wearing the same clothes, pushed a trolley into a staff member at Target," Senior Constable Martin said.
"That offending was also all captured on CCTV footage.
"We would request that store owners and staff in the Gateway Plaza, Harvey Norman complex and Homemaker Centre review their CCTV footage to determine if they were victims of thefts.
"We are still looking for owners for some items," he said.
"We also had overwhelming support from the public. We were jogging through Gateway Plaza and people were pointing out the offenders.
"That assistance made our job much easier and we thank members of the public and the shop staff for their assistance," he said.
The couple were interviewed, charged and remanded in custody overnight to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Wednesday: Two people have been charged in relation to a number of thefts around Warrnambool in the past week.
Warrnambool police Sergeant Rob McKellar said a male in his early 20s and a female in her 40s had been involved in the theft of numerous stores across the city.
Sergeant MacKellar said the pair were arrested on Wednesday after an incident and were charged with multiple counts of theft.
The male and female were remanded to appear in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Sergeant MacKellar said the thefts which occurred throughout the week are still under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
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