According to authorities, the thefts occurred over a period of two weeks at the Walmart on Route 10 in Ledgewood, New Jersey.
Police were initially called to investigate after receiving a report of a man in his late 20s who kept walking into the store and then shoplifting electronic equipment. Store employees told police that the suspect never paid for any of the items.
Police staked out the store parking lot after receiving detailed descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle. The suspect eventually showed up again; he reportedly entered the store and then left the store a short time later. Police officers stopped the suspect after he exited the premises and asked him to provide receipts for the store merchandise in his possession; the suspect was allegedly unable to do so.
According to police, the 29-year-old suspect matched the description given to investigators. He was placed under arrest without incident.
Authorities believe that the suspect stole a number of flat screen televisions, PlayStation video game consoles, and video games during four shoplifting incidents at the Walmart. The merchandise reportedly has a total retail value of nearly $3,500.
Although police were able to recover some of the allegedly stolen items, other items were reportedly sold to pawn shops prior to the suspect’s arrest.
The suspect has been charged with four counts of shoplifting, as well as receiving stolen property. He also faces charges for possession of heroin because officers allegedly found him with drugs on his person at the time of the arrest.
Police said that the suspect has a criminal record; he was reportedly charged with burglary in Landing NJ in June 2014.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He is being held at the facility on a $50,000 bail amount.
Additionally, another person was arrested and charged with heroin possession in connection with the case. At the time of the arrest, the suspect was reportedly living at a local motel. When police went to the motel, they allegedly found the suspect’s roommate, a 33-year-old Hopatcong woman, in the room and in possession of heroin. She was charged and later released from custody on her own recognizance.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Shoplifter Stole Nearly $3,500 in TVs, Game Consoles, Video Games.”