Shoplifters Beware, Undercover Cops Will Be Out In Force In Newark

Newark – The Newark Police Department is once again conducting an anti-shoplifting initiative to coincide with the holiday season, according to Lt. Fred Nelson. Nelson said officers are partnering with local retail establishments to combat shoplifting and to reduce crimes that occur in conjunction with retail theft.

Officers will be in plain clothes and will be employing other strategies in stores throughout Newark with a focus on shoplifting prevention and apprehension.  Since January 1, 2017, the Newark Police Department has responded to 171 shoplifting complaints in the City of Newark resulting in 60 charges being lodged against offenders.

“Shoplifting affects all of us and often times leads to more serious crimes being committed by the perpetrators.  The Newark Police Department takes retail theft extremely seriously and we will continue to hold those responsible to the fullest extent of the law,” said Newark Police Chief Paul Tiernan.

 To assist our efforts, the police department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the attached photographs of shoplifting suspects from a number of separate incidents, said Lt. Fred Nelson.  Anyone with information regarding the pictured suspects should contact Master Corporal Joseph Conover at 302-366-7100 extension 3443 or [email protected].  You can send an anonymous tips by texting 302NPD and your message to TIP411, through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or through the internet at

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