Police in Marlboro NJ recently arrested a woman accused of shoplifting from a local Kohl’s department store. Making matters worse for the suspected shoplifter: she allegedly used her 11-year-old son to help her commit the theft crimes.
According to law enforcement officials, the suspect’s scheme involved having her young son go into a dressing room and try on various clothing items. The child would then keep the brand new clothes on and return his previously worn clothes to store racks. Additionally, a Marlboro police spokesperson said, the suspect made sure that the child removed the tags from the new clothes so that they would not trigger alarms when he exited the Marlboro retail store.
On top of reportedly deploying her son in the shoplifting scheme, the suspect also allegedly stole several other items herself from the Kohl’s. For instance, authorities indicated, the suspect concealed multiple watches, as well as men’s sports apparel, under her clothes and then attempted to leave the store with the merchandise. Again, the suspect allegedly removed security tags from the stolen items so as to not trigger alarms while exiting the building.
It is unclear whether the suspect, who resides in Englishtown NJ, was ultimately apprehended by store security guards or local law enforcement. What is known is that she now faces very serious criminal charges for shoplifting and conspiracy to use a minor to commit a crime. Since the stolen merchandise reportedly has a total retail value of more than $500, the suspect could be subject to severe penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:20-2 stipulates that theft of movable property valued in excess of $500 is a third degree felony, with a conviction for third degree shoplifting carrying a penalty of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison. To put this in perspective: if the total retail value of the stolen merchandise had been just a few dollars less, the maximum penalty would be a sentence of 18 months in state prison.
After being placed under arrest, the suspect was remanded to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, NJ. She was being held at the jail in lieu of a $2,500 bail amount. It is unclear at this time whether authorities took temporary custody of her child.
For more information, view the Middletown Patch article, “Woman Used 11-Year-Old Son in Shoplifting Scheme at Marlboro Kohls: Police.”
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