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Christmas Brings Many Shoplifting Charges in Woodbridge NJ

27 December, 2016by jmarshall

The Christmas season brings both good and bad when it comes to shopping in Woodbridge New Jersey. While thousands visit Woodbridge Center Mall and other retail venues in the township during the holiday, it also attracts individuals interested in opportunities to shoplift. This was precisely the case over the last several weeks where a slew of suspects were arrested for shoplifting in the Township of Woodbridge. The majority of the charges involved a disorderly persons offense although many were also the result of a felony offense, usually in the form of a third degree crime for shoplifting.

Macy’s & JC Penney’s Shoplifting Arrests at Woodbridge Center Mall

There were many individuals arrested in Woodbridge over the last several weeks including a number at both Macy’s and JC Penney. The most notable of these incidents involved three separate felony cases that occurred on December 10, 2016. One of the defendant’s charged is facing a fourth degree crime for allegedly stealing merchandise valued at approximately $300 from Macy’s. The other two cases involve third degree offenses for merchandise taken from JC Penney with a value of $1,272 and from Macy’s with a value of $4,335.

These individuals face conviction for shoplifting if it is found, beyond reasonable doubt, that they violated N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. It is illegal under this law for:

(1) For any person purposely to take possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the full retail value thereof.

(2) For any person purposely to conceal upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the processes, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof.

(3) For any person purposely to alter, transfer or remove any label, price tag or marking indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment and to attempt to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of all or some part of the value thereof.

(4) For any person purposely to transfer any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail merchandise establishment from the container in or on which the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant of all or some part of the retail value thereof.

(5) For any person purposely to underling with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value thereof.

(6) For any person purposely to remove a shopping cart from the premises of a store or other retail mercantile establishment without the consent of the merchant given at the time of such removal with the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such cart.

All of the recent Woodbridge shoplifting charges outlined in this article involved allegation of concealing merchandise in a shopping cart, pocket book, shopping bag or similar manner. They all also involve offenses that are indictable in nature and must be sent to the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick for disposition. A conviction for fourth degree shoplifting in Woodbridge carries up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A Woodbridge third degree shoplifting charge results in up to 5 years of incarceration and a fine that can reach $15,000.

The Woodbridge Office of Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver handles many shoplifting cases arising in Woodbridge Township every year. This is only logical given that are the largest criminal defense firm in the region. If you would like to speak to a Woodbridge shoplifting lawyer on our defense team in a free initial consultation, call 732-634-0700. Lawyers are available 24/7 to assist you.

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