A group of men who police suspect may be behind a shoplifting ring that has been operating in the tri-state area were arrested in Brick Township last week after allegedly trying to wheel more than $1,000 worth of merchandise out of the township’s Target store in a shopping cart.
David Jamaluddin, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Eduard Kagalovsky, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Margarite Peconio, 19, of Queens, N.Y., and a juvenile whose name was not divulged were all charged with two counts of third degree shoplifting, Sgt. Jim Kelly said. Jamaluddin, Kagalovsky and Peconio were released on summonses, and the juvenile was turned over to their guardian.
Police were called to the Target store on Route 70 at about 6 p.m. March 7, Kelly said, responding to a report of shoplifting.
“The suspects were still in the store at the time,” said Kelly. “They were recognized as suspects from previous shoplifting incidents throughout the tri-state area.”
As the suspects wheeled out over $1,000 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart without paying, officers stopped and arrested them, Kelly said. They were identified as the same four suspects who stole over $400 worth of merchandise from that Target store Feb. 2, according to police.
No mugshots of the suspects were distributed.