Camden NJ police are looking for a man who allegedly committed a violent robbery at a local discount store.
In May, the Camden County Police Department got a call about a strong-arm robbery at the Family Dollar store on 323 Marlton Pike in Camden, New Jersey. Store employees notified local police of a suspect who had stolen merchandise and then shoved a worker on his way out of the store.
After being alerted, the police department dispatched police officers to the scene to investigate. When police officers arrived at the Family Dollar store, they spoke with employees about the theft incident. According to witnesses, the suspect walked into the store and attempted to hide multiple items in a large jacket he was wearing. A store worker confronted the suspect, who then allegedly shoved the worker to the ground and fled the scene on foot.
The Camden County Police Department has been actively investigating the robbery but has had no luck identifying the suspect. The police department recently released images taken from store surveillance video footage.
The suspect is a black male who stands approximately 5-feet-8-inches tall. When the suspect allegedly committed the theft, he was wearing a blue and gold Notre Dame hooded jacket, as well as another blue jacket. The suspect also wore a black hat, blue jeans, and white sneakers.
If the suspect is eventually identified and captured, he would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a shoplifting offense is elevated to a robbery offense when the suspect inflicts bodily injury or uses force while committing a theft. Since robbery is usually classified as a second degree felony, the suspect could potentially be sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect in the theft should call the Camden County Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 856-757-7042.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Camden Dollar Store Robbery Suspect Seen on New Video; Public’s Help Sought.”