LINDEN — Police arrested a pair of Staten Island men who allegedly shoplifted $196 worth of hunting knives from Walmart tried to drive away in a stolen car on Sunday, authorities said.
Erik Karuby, 34, was charged with shoplifting, receiving stolen property, and unlawful possession of prescription pills. He was released on summonses. Gennady Aronchik, 32, was charged with shoplifting, joyriding, and a contempt warrant from Morris Township. He was taken to the Union County Jail in lieu of $1,650 bail.
On June 30, at 6 p.m., police responded to the Walmart in Linden Plaza on a report of two male shoplifters leaving the store. The alleged shoplifters got into a black 2013 Nissan with Pennsylvania plates. Officer Scott Jones observed the car travelling towards Routes 1&9, and pulled behind the vehicle. A dispatcher informed him that the car had been reported stolen out of Mount Laurel.
With the assistance of a Union County police officer, Jones stopped the car and ordered the men out at gunpoint. The driver, Karuby, age 34, and passenger, Aronchik, were both placed under arrest.
A Walmart loss prevention officer told police that the two men were observed in the Hunting & Fishing Section in the store cutting open knives which were packaged and concealing them in their clothing.
The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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