Duo Charged With Shoplifting From Six Holmdel and Hazlet Stores
Holmdel Police apprehend the suspects outside the Holmdel A&P on Thursday.
Responding swiftly after a report of suspected shoplifting at Five Below Thursday, Holmdel Police investigators found and arrested two women outside the A&P on Route 35 North who they said had over $1,200 worth of goods from Holmdel and Hazlet shopping centers in their car, and no receipts to show how they paid for them.
Sykema J. Johnson, a 30-year old teacher's assistant from Asbury Park and Simone A. Williams, 27, unemployed, of Neptune were charged with shoplifting and receiving stolen property. Police said they were found to be concealing merchandise in the amounts of $501 from Old Navy, $105 from The Children's Place, $217 from Payless, and $199 Toys R Us, $199 from Aldi and $195 from Five Below. The vehicle check also charged Williams with possession of 1 gram of marijuana.
The police investigation was started after a man walking from the parking lot outside the Five Below store in the Holmdel Town Center saw a black Toyota parked in the fire zone and a woman loading a large amount of sidewalk sale merchandise into the trunk. He jotted down the license plate and informed store employees of what he witnessed. The staff called Holmdel police at 2:12 p.m., and officers apprehended the suspects in a half hour.
According to police, Johnson admitted to police the pair had stolen merchandise from Five Below and gave police consent to seach the vehicle where the various goods were found. Police said they found hula hoops, foam bats, jump ropes, plastic tubs and kids' folding chairs. Also in the car were several bags from the various stores overstuffed with clothing and toys.
Johnson was processed and released at headquarters. Williams was processed, issued summonses, and placed in township jail to await pickup by Ocean Township Police Dept. in lieu of $238 bail from a May Ocean Township municipal court warrant.
Working the case was Ptl. Michael Moore, Det. Eric Hernando and Sgt. Edward Martinez.