Fourteen individuals were charged with shoplifting at the Target department store on Route 1 over the last month. South Brunswick Police said the store initiated an aggressive plan to crackdown on thefts of merchandise.
The individuals are accused of offenses that included placing items under a baby seat, and attempting to take a shopping cart full of merchandise out of the store, according to police.
In each case, the suspect was arrested, transported to police headquarters, fingerprinted and photographed, police said.
The following people were charged with shoplifting at Target over the last month:
- Jonarose Valmores, 19, of South Brunswick, charged on Feb. 20 with stealing cosmetics valued at $92
- Jalen Crockett, 19, male, of South Plainfield, charged on Feb. 15 with stealing $50 of YU-GI-OH trading cards
- Roland Deriggs, 21, of Piscataway, charged on Feb. 15 with stealing $50 of YU-GI-OH trading cards
- Three 16-year-old South Brunswick males were charged on Feb. 13 with stealing skull candy headphones valued at $100
- Christopher Coffman, 20, of Old Bridge, charged on Feb. 9 with stealing two DVD players valued at $200
- Christina Baader, 22, of Franklin, charged on Feb. 6 with stealing clothing valued at $70
- Mecheka Miranda, 21, of South Brunswick, charged on Jan. 31 with stealing clothing valued at $320
- Lisa Shyken, 40, of Hillsborough, charged with stealing $1,800 of clothing and household items on Jan. 29
- Brian Figueroa, 37, of East Brunswick, charged on Jan. 24 with stealing a television valued at $300
- Robin Day, 37, of South Brunswick, charged on Jan. 24 for stealing food valued at $110
- Takara Agosto, 22, of South Brunswick, charged on Jan. 17 with stealing nail polish and clothing valued at $25
- Barbara Wegner, 55, of South Brunswick, charged on Jan. 15 with stealing clothing valued at $300
Each person charged for shoplifting was released on a summons pending his or her first court appearance. If convicted, the individuals face up to a $1,000 fine, or the store may civilly fine them up to $500, police said.
A second shoplifting offense could carry a sentence of 30 days in jail, and a third offense carries a mandatory 90 days in jail.