Shoplifting Network Busted in Hudson County, NJ

Jersey City NJ Shoplifting Attorneys

The offense of shoplifting is either a disorderly persons (misdemeanor) or a second, third or fourth degree felony in New Jersey. What separates a misdemeanor from a second degree felony is value of items in question. The difference between the degrees of shoplifting could be the difference between probation and ten (10) years in a New Jersey State Prison. The governing statute in New Jersey for shoplifting is N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11b. If you or someone you know has been charged with the offense of shoplifting in Jersey City, the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help.  If you would like more information on the offense of shoplifting, including the breakdown in degrees please check out our Jersey City, NJ shoplifting practice series by clicking here. Furthermore, if you would like to discuss your options with any one of our eight Jersey City shoplifting defense lawyers, you can contact our office directly at (201) 309-1800. Our initial consultations are always free and our attorneys can be reached 24/7. Now here is a recent article about a Jersey City resident who has been charged with leading a shoplifting network this week.

Leader of Shoplifting Ring Charges for Jersey City, NJ Man

According to the reports, the Defendant is alleged to have been the ring leader of a shoplifting network that has swindled Lowe’s Home Improvement Store out of thousands of dollars. It appears that the “crew” would steal merchandise from the Lowe’s located on Route 440 and then return it back to the store for store credit since Lowe’s had a very liberal return policy. The store credit for the returned items would be placed on a store gift card where the “crew” would then sell those cards at a discount to local contractors. One the Defendant’s crew members is alleged to have stolen more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from Lowe’s.

The Defendant appeared at his Central Judicial Processing Hearing earlier this week via video conference from the Hudson County Jail. Judge Margaret Marley set bail at $75,000 with a 10 percent cash option. The offense of being a ringleader of a shoplifting network is a second degree felony, which if convicted could send the Defendant to a New Jersey State Prison for up to a decade. If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting and would like to discuss your options with any one of our eight Hudson County, New Jersey shoplifting attorneys, please contact our Jersey City office directly at (201) 309-1800.