Garfield Police Look for Men Who Allegedly Shoplifted Spray Paint, Committed Vandalism at School Building
Garfield New Jersey police are searching for suspects who allegedly stole spray paint and later used it to vandalize school property.
Garfield police officers reportedly came across the aftermath of a vandalism incident at the Garfield Board of Education building at Passaic Street and Marsellus Place. The police officers saw that a construction tarp at the school district building had been marked and defaced with spray paint.
Law enforcement believes that the suspects shoplifted the paint from a local Walmart store, which is located on Passaic Street in Garfield, New Jersey. The theft reportedly occurred around 2:00 a.m., while the vandalism took place roughly 15 minutes later.
Investigators with the Garfield Police Department are actively investigating the shoplifting incident and the alleged vandalism. At this time, police do not have any leads in the case.
The Garfield Police Department recently announced a $100 reward for any members of the public who come forward with information leading to arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the vandalism.
If police can identify and capture the suspects, they would likely face criminal charges for shoplifting and criminal mischief. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11(b), shoplifting is classifiable as a third degree felony when the retail value of the stolen items exceeds $500. A conviction for third degree shoplifting could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Anyone who has information about the Walmart shoplifting or the alleged vandalism should get in touch with Garfield police investigators at 973-478-8500.
To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Officials Offer Reward in Garfield Shoplifting, Vandalism Probe.”