The first arrest was made by Madison police in connection with an alleged theft at the Stop & Shop food store at the Bottle Hill/Rose City Shopping Center located on Main Street.
According to authorities, a 60-year-old Madison man was seen shoplifting several items from the establishment. Store employees later told police that the stolen items were valued at more than $100.
A patrolman was called to the scene, where he placed the suspect under arrest.
After the suspect was taken into custody and processed, he was released on his own recognizance. He will have to appear in Madison Municipal Court at a later date to answer the charges.
A little more than a week later, Madison police officers made another arrest for shoplifting. According to authorities, a 44-year-old Summit NJ woman stole a number of items from the Whole Foods Market at 222 Main Street.
A loss prevention officer with the market reportedly saw the suspect take more than $900 worth of store merchandise. The loss prevention officer contacted Madison police; an officer was dispatched to the scene.
The suspect was later arrested and charged with third degree shoplifting. If she is convicted of the felony-level offense, she could be subject to significant penalties in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. A conviction for third degree shoplifting is potentially punishable by 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was released from custody. She will have to answer the charges in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown.
To learn more about these cases, see the NJ.com article entitled “Two Charged with Shoplifting at Madison Food Stores.”