Invercargill supermarket pulled vanilla extract products off shelf due to theft video

A Countdown in Invercargill pulled vanilla essence products from its shelves after a spike in thefts.

An Invercargill supermarket pulled vanilla extract products from its shelves this week after an incident of theft where a person had targeted it because of its high alcohol content.

Countdown general manager for corporate affairs James Walker said the Tay St store temporarily removed vanilla extract from its shelves while it managed an isolated shoplifting issue.

The product had since been returned back to the shelves, Walker said.

The notice on the shelf at Countdown on Tay St, Invercargill, advising customers that vanilla essence is located at the ...
DAVE NICOLL/FAIRFAX NZ

The notice on the shelf at Countdown on Tay St, Invercargill, advising customers that vanilla essence is located at the customer service counter.

A notice on the shelf in the supermarket on Tuesday night, advised customers that "due to a sudden increase in theft. [sic] Vanilla Essence will be located at Customer Services".

A 125ml bottle of Hansells natural vanilla essence, which contains extract and the supermarket stocks, has a 35 per cent alcohol content.

No alcohol is sold in Invercargill supermarkets because of the regulations by the Invercargill Licensing Trust.

A 125ml bottle of Hansells natural vanilla essence contains 35 percent alcohol.
SCOTT DONALDSON/FAIRFAX NZ

A 125ml bottle of Hansells natural vanilla essence contains 35 percent alcohol.

A police spokeswoman said police had received no reports of vanilla essence extract theft but encouraged any reports of theft to be reported to police.

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