Washington Township NJ police apprehended a man who allegedly shoplifted expensive vacuums from a Target store in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
According to authorities, the theft incident happened on Christmas Eve at the Target located on Route 46 in Hackettstown, NJ.
Store security guards allegedly observed the suspect walk out of the Target store with a number of Dyson vacuums that he had failed to paid for. According to officials, the value of the stolen items is roughly $3,500.
Investigators were later able to identify and capture the suspect. Washington Township police subsequently issued the suspect a criminal complaint for shoplifting.
If the 33-year-old suspect, who is from Oxford NJ, is eventually convicted on the charges of shoplifting, he would face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11, theft of items with a retail value greater than $500 is a third degree criminal offense. A conviction for third degree shoplifting could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison. Moreover, the suspect could be ordered to pay restitution for the value of the stolen merchandise.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $20K bail amount.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Tried to Steal $3,500 Worth of Vacuums from Hackettstown Target, Cops Say.”