Shoplifting ring stole $60,000 worth of merchandise from NJ mall

JACKSON – A two-month investigation at Jackson Premium Outlets led to the arrest of four members of a professional shoplifting ring.

Jackson police determined the Baltimore-based network was targeting the outlet of 70 stores off Route 195 among several in the northeast. The ring allegedly stole $60,000 worth of items from Jackson alone.

Investigators knew the group working at the outlet would be back and strategically positioned themselves to make arrests and also prevent the suspects from fleeing.

Not easy arrests

As the ring members left the Under Armor store, they were met by officers who attempted to arrest them. Some of the suspects fought with officers while others tried to flee, police said. They were foiled by officers positioned near the vehicle in which they arrived.

Anthony Jones, D’Arnajai Raheem, Shontaz Wingate and Veronica Motes have been charged with organized shoplifting in a retail business, shoplifting, obstruction and obstructing an apprehension.

One of the women assaulted a female customer who police say tried to stop her from escaping.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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