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Police 'humbly' apologise to woman

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/06/2016

Police have "humbly" apologised to a woman they wrongly accused of shoplifting in an Queenstown store.

Ginny Mitchell was initially fingered by police as a possible accomplice to a man who took off with several jackets from the clothing store on Tuesday afternoon.

Both Ms Mitchell, who was shopping with her baby, and the offender featured on CCTV footage entering the store.

Police posted on their Facebook page asking people to identify Ms Mitchell.

However after she contacted them to protest her innocence, Area Commander Inspector Olaf Jensen met with her to apologise.

"We are currently speaking to our staff about their social media procedures and they are now aware how a mistake like this can affect an innocent person," he said.

"The staff later posted that the woman in the original video, who appeared to know the shoplifter, wasn't involved and has been eliminated in having any involvement in the incident."

Insp Jensen said Facebook was one of many social media policing tools.

"However, from time to time, we do make mistakes and we humbly apologise to Ms Mitchell."

Police are still hunting for the male shoplifter.

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