Garfield NJ Police Search for Suspects Accused of Shoplifting Spray Paint, Using it to Commit Vandalism
Garfield New Jersey police are searching for two men accused of stealing spray paint and using it to commit vandalism on school property.
Garfield police officers reportedly saw graffiti at the Garfield Board of Education building, which is located at Passaic Street and Marsellus Place. The officers noticed a construction tarp at the school district building that had been defaced with spray paint.
It is believed that the suspects stole the paint from the Walmart store located on Passaic Street in Garfield NJ prior to defacing the school district property. The theft incident allegedly occurred shortly after 2:00 a.m., while the vandalism incident allegedly took place just 15 minutes later.
The Garfield Police Department is actively investigating both the theft and the vandalism. At this time, investigators do not have any leads in the case.
Authorities recently announced a $100 reward for information that leads to arrest and conviction of the suspects.
If the suspects are eventually identified and captured, they will likely face serious criminal charges for shoplifting and criminal mischief. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11(b), shoplifting can be classified as a third degree felony if the retail value of the stolen items is greater than $500. A conviction on third degree shoplifting charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Anyone who has information about the shoplifting or vandalism should contact Garfield police investigators at 973-478-8500.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Officials Offer Reward in Garfield Shoplifting, Vandalism Probe.”