LINDEN – Last week, Linden police arrested four people in an alleged shoplifting ring.
Newark residents George T. Ingram, 18, Jonathan M. Lopez, 21, and Ervin A. Toledo, 20, as well as Angela Concepcion, 23, of Toms River were charged with third degree theft after being arrested at the Target department store on West Edgar Road on March 31.
Target’s corporate security advised stores about a group of four suspects who were stealing electronic items from stores in the region. Two would fill a shopping cart with merchandise, then abandon it in a remote are of the store. The other pair would enter the store, and one would retrieve the cart while the other waited near the exit door. They would walk out the front door with the cart and quickly load the merchandise into a waiting vehicle.
When notified about a theft in progress at the Linden Target at 5:09 p.m. on March 31, police set up surveillance in the parking lot and made the arrests of the alleged shoplifters. Police recovered 3 X-box video game Consoles, 27 X-box Kinect game accessories, 5 Wii video game bundles, and 18 health and beauty items, total value $2,397. Officers also recovered merchandise that they believe was stolen from other Target stores.
Toledo was also charged with violation of probation and Lopez had an East Orange contempt of court warrant. All four suspected were being held at the Union County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail each.
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