WATCHUNG – A Roselle Park man was arrested on Monday afternoon for allegedly stealing more than $300 worth of batteries from Home Depot in Watchung and threatening store employees who tried to stop him.
Brian K. Belles, 44, was charged with first degree robbery, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Timothy Wenzel announced. Belles was taken to Somerset County Jail and Judge Robert Reed set bail at $150,000, cash only.
Watchung Police responded to the Home Depot parking lot on U.S. Highway Route 22 just before 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, according to Soriano. The store’s loss prevention officer had Belles in custody when police arrived.
Belles allegedly removed lithium ion batteries from their packaging and left the store without paying for them. When the store’s loss prevention officer approached Belles, he allegedly attempted to flee. A struggle followed, and two store employees attempted to help capture Belles. During this struggle, Belles allegedly threatened to shoot the employees if he was not released. No weapon was found in Belles’ possession when he was searched.
The charge against Belles is merely an accusation; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.