Police in Upper Township are looking for a man who they claim took merchandise but did not pay. Based on alleged video surveillance from a Cape May County Acme, workers reported the shoplifting, per nj dot com. The items allegedly include more than $570 in Red Bull, diapers and baby formula, per nj dot com. Additionally, cops believe the same suspect shoplifted more than $250 of Red Bull from a Marmora ShopRite, per nj dot com.
Now here is the rub. News sources disagree about the value of the items in both incidents. Some sources report the first incident involved more than $570. But at least one other news source reported a value of only $570. With respect to the alleged incident in Marmora, news sources disagree whether the suspect shoplifted or attempted to shoplift. Furthermore, none of the sources agree whether the value in Marmora was $250 or more than $250.
Of course, none of these discrepancies matter if you do not believe the news. But if you form opinions based on the news, discrepancies like these undercut those opinions.
Shoplifting, N.J.S.A. 2c:20-11
Shoplifting consists of any one or more of the following acts, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Under-ring with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value thereof.
- 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.
New Jersey law grades shoplifting as a Third Degree Crime when the full retail value greater than $500 and less than $75,000.
Exposure for Third Degree Shoplifting
State Prison, three to five years
Probation, one to five years, conditioned on county jail up to 364 days
Victims of Crime Compensation Assessment (VCCA)
$100 to $10,000, if injury or death results
$50.00, if injury or death does not result ($30.00, juvenile delinquency)
Safe Neighborhood Services Fund Assessment, $75, each conviction
Law Enforcement Officer Training Fund, $30 ($15, juvenile delinquency)
First offense, at least ten days of community service
Second offense, at least 15 days of community service
Third or subsequent offense, a maximum of 25 days of community service and
a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 90 days.
Fines, $15,000 or any higher amount equal to double the pecuniary gain to the offender or loss to the victim caused by the conduct constituting the offense.
License Postponement, Suspension, or Revocation, if motor vehicle used
Halfway house or residential facility including non-Dept. Human Svc. facilities
Imprisonment at night or weekends to allow work, training or school
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