STAFFORD – Two people have been charged for shoplifting and more after attempting to steal $3,500 worth of merchandise from a Home Depot, police said.
Officers from the Stafford Township Police Department arrived at the Manahawkin Home Depot located at Route 72 West around 4:15 p.m. on August 10 regarding a shoplifting in progress.
The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Ronnie Bridgelal of Carteret, attempted to flee from Ptl. Adam Sherer but was able to take him into custody.
According to authorities, Ronnie tried to steal about $3,500 of merchandise from Home Depot. His car was found in the parking lot occupied by 29-year-old Jessica Bridgelal of Carteret who was also placed under arrest.
Police further discovered an additional $8,500 worth of stolen merchandise from other Home Depot stores in northern New Jersey inside the car.
Ronnie Bridgelal was charged with Shoplifting, Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest, Hindering, Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of a False Government Document. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
Jessica Bridgelal was charged with Shoplifting, Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting, Hindering, and Receiving Stolen Property. She was released on a summons. Both subjects are due to appear in the Ocean County Superior Court at a later date/
At this time, the investigation is ongoing. The public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.