MANCHESTER – Two men from Brooklyn have been arrested and charged for shoplifting after allegedly stealing medicine from multiple pharmacies in various states.
On June 28, Patrolman Michael Terranova went to the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Manchester regarding a report about two men stealing over $500 worth of over-the-counter cough and cold medications. After reviewing the surveillance footage, photos of the two subjects were posted over social media by police.
Investigation revealed that the same two suspects were also involved in pharmacy shoplifting incidents in Toms River and Springfield. Even further, Detective Joseph Fastige of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Investigations Bureau discovered that the suspects were also involved stealing from several townships in Pennsylvania and New York.
With the help of Detective Jeff McGee of the Plymouth Township Police Department Pa., Fastige was able to identify the suspects as Lasha Dekanoidze, 35, and Giorgi Adeishvili, 38, both of Brooklyn, New York. Subsequently, both suspects were charged with third degree Shoplifting.
On July 26, Fastige was able to make contact with the suspects through phone and both Dekanoidze and Adeishvili turned themselves into the Manchester Township Police Department. Dekanoidze was subsequently released on a summons and Adeishvili was transported to the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.
In addition, police found that Dekanoidze and Adeishvilli have been linked to additional unsolved shoplifting incidents throughout New Jersey.
The Manchester Township Police Department would like to thank the Plymouth Township Police Department (PA), the Lower Merion Township Police Department (PA), the Wright Township Police Department (PA), the Toms River Police Department, the Springfield Township Police Department and the Rite Aid Organized Retail Crime Investigation section for their collective and cooperative assistance in the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding these investigations are encouraged to contact the Manchester Township Police Department at 732-657-6111. As a reminder, anonymous tips can be submitted online at manchesterpolicenj.com.