Officers from the Crime Reduction Team and officers from Woden Police Station have apprehended seven adults and eight juveniles.
Most of the items taken were food and Christmas merchandise from supermarkets.
Crime reduction’s Supt Cath Grassick said that so far 38 people had been arrested for minor theft and one person was apprehended for trespassing after failing to comply with a banning notice.
“I want to remind people that shoplifting is a crime and the community will not tolerate anyone thinking stealing is acceptable”, she said.
Anyone with information in relation to people shoplifting should call 1800 333000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.