South Brunswick Police charged four people with shoplifting over the past three weeks at the Target store on Route 1 as part of an ongoing crackdown on retail theft at the location.
The four separate incidents involved the attempted theft of nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise, according to police.
At 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 5, Debra Hudasko, 41, of Hamilton, was charged for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items in her shopping cart, police said. Hudasko allegedly paid for some of the items in her shopping cart before attempting to walk out of the store without paying for the other items, according to police. After being stopped by the store's loss prevention, it was discovered that she allegedly had $585 dollars worth of merchandise in the cart that had not been paid for.
On Sept. 4 at 5:45 p.m., police charged Andre Richards, 20, of North Brunswick, for allegedly stealing two cell phones. Richards, who is a Radio Shack employee, was allegedly seen by a loss prevention officer taking two Virgin Mobile IPhones from a receiving area in the store before he left out of a back door, police said. The two phones are valued at $1,300.
On Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m., Vitaly Pekelis, 23, of Princeton, was charged for attempting to hide razors, candy and a power cord in his pockets before he allegedly walked out of the store without paying. The total value of the items was $44 dollars, according to police.
On Aug. 14, at 4:30 p.m., Takiyah Holliman, 34, of Princeton, allegedly entered the store at two different times to steal merchandise, police said. Holliman allegedly placed several items in her cart, but only paid for one or two items, according to police.
After leaving the store, Holliman allegedly placed the items in the trunk of her car. Police said Holliman had intended to return the items for store credit at a later date. The total value of the stolen items was $121 dollars.
Each suspect was handcuffed and transported to police headquarters where they were photographed and fingerprinted before being released on a summons pending their first court appearance.
Target loss prevention has caught 28 people shoplifting thus far in 2012, according to police.