Police in Roxbury NJ recently arrested a man who allegedly stole electronics from a local Walmart.
The thefts reportedly took place over a two-week period at the Walmart located on Route 10 in Ledgewood, NJ.
Roxbury police were first alerted to the possible theft offenses when Walmart employees contacted them. According to the employees, a man in his late 20s had walked into the store on more than one occasion and shoplifted televisions and video game equipment.
Police officers, in the hope that the suspect would return to the store, began a stakeout in the store parking lot. The suspect eventually did return to the store. Additionally, police said that the 29-year-old suspect matched the detailed descriptions provided by witnesses.
According to police, the suspect walked into the Walmart and then exited a short time later with merchandise but no receipts.
It is believed that the suspect stole several flat screen televisions, PlayStation video game consoles, and video games over the course of four different shoplifting incidents at the store. According to authorities, the stolen merchandise has a retail value of almost $3,500.
Authorities said that they were able to recover at least a few of the items which were allegedly stolen from the store on earlier occasions; however, some of the other items were reportedly sold to pawn shops in the area.
After being detained by police at the store, the suspect was placed under arrest. He was later charged with four counts of shoplifting and receiving stolen property. He was also charged with possession of heroin because the arresting officers allegedly found him with drugs.
Roxbury police indicated that the suspect has a prior criminal record, stemming from an arrest for burglary in Landing NJ in 2014.
The suspect is currently being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Shoplifter Stole Nearly $3,500 in TVs, Game Consoles, Video Games.”