Riverdale NJ police arrested two men who allegedly attempted to shoplift merchandise from a local Walmart.
According to authorities, the two suspects walked into the Walmart located on Route 23 and loaded up a store shopping cart with items. The suspects then allegedly tried to walk out of the store without paying for the merchandise.
Walmart’s loss prevention personnel reportedly observed the suspects while they were in the process of concealing the items. The store employees contacted Riverdale police, which dispatched officers to the store.
When the suspects tried to leave the store, they were intercepted by store security guards. One of the suspects allegedly resisted and tried to evade security; he was apprehended by a Riverdale NJ detective at the scene.
The merchandise was reportedly valued at more than $3,000. The items included multiple cases of 5 Hour Energy drinks, boxes of razor blades, shampoo, deodorant, and cell phones. A Riverdale police lieutenant said that many of these products are “sought after by organized retail thieves.”
Police placed both suspects under arrest at the scene.
A subsequent search of the suspects reportedly turned up 30 hypodermic needles, as well as a glass pipe. Police allegedly found the items in a backpack carried by one of the suspects.
Both suspects have been charged with shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the suspects was also charged with possession of a hypodermic needle.
One of the suspects was released from police custody with a pending court date. The other suspect was taken to Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown NJ, where he is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Men Tried to Steal $3K Worth of Energy Drinks, Razors, and Cell Phones from Walmart.”