Washington Township police recently arrested a man accused of committing a serious shoplifting offense at a Target store located in Hackettstown, NJ.
According to law enforcement, the theft incident occurred on Christmas Eve at the Target on Route 46 in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Store security guards reportedly spotted the suspect exiting the store with several Dyson vacuums that he had not paid for. According to authorities, the value of the stolen merchandise is approximately $3,500.
The suspect was later identified and apprehended by Washington Township police. He was subsequently issued a criminal complaint for shoplifting.
If the 33-year-old suspect, who lives in Oxford NJ, is ultimately convicted on the very serious shoplifting charges, he would be subject to severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11, shoplifting of items with a full retail value above $500 is a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree shoplifting charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, the suspect could potentially be required to pay restitution for the value of the stolen goods.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Tried to Steal $3,500 Worth of Vacuums from Hackettstown Target, Cops Say.”