Shoplifter stole nearly $3,500 in TVs, game consoles, video games

Roxbury- A township man was charged Monday with stealing nearly $3,500 in televisions, video game consoles and video games from Walmart over the past two weeks, police said.

Starting Dec. 14, police received several complaints that a man in his late 20s to early 30s was walking into the Walmart on Route 10 in Ledgewood and walking out with several hundred dollars worth of electronic equipment for which he hadn’t paid, police said in a news release.

Based on the description of the man and his vehicle, police “actively waited” near the Walmart anticipating he’d show up again, police said.

Police say Jason Riker, 29, of the Ledgewood section of Roxbury matched the description available to officers, so they watched him enter the store Monday and leave a short time later.

When officers approached him after he left the store, Riker was unable to produce receipts for the items in his possession, police said.

Township police spokesperson Jennifer Dillard said Riker stole flat screen televisions, Playstation game consoles and video games during four incidents from Dec. 14 to Dec. 29, totaling about $3,473.

Riker was charged with four counts of shoplifting, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and driving while suspended, police said.

Police were able to recover the items taken on Dec. 29, but the other items were believed to have been sold to pawn shops, Dillard said.

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