MILLTOWN, NJ - For the second time this week, the Milltown Home Depot is the site of an investigation by the Milltown Police Department. Yesterday's incident involved an unidentified male that attempted to leave the popular home improvement store with a shopping cart full of unpaid merchandise.
Store security reported that the individual tried to premises of the Home Depot on South Main Street at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. The merchandise in his cart was valued at approximately $4,000. When the man was confronted by store security, the suspect turned on the employee and physically assaulted him before fleeing into the parking lot. According to an advisory released by the Milltown Police Department on Nixle, the suspect then left the immediate area in a white Cadillac Sedan.
As Milltown police detectives began investigating the shoplifting incident that turned violent, they learned that other individuals may have been involved. Since the suspect fled the scene alone, detectives began searching in the area for accomplises that may have been left behind when the unidentified male suspect fled the parking lot in a hurry.
By 5:25 p.m., detectives located a male suspect in the vicinity of the Milltown Target. He had been observed with the robbery suspect inside the Home Depot earlier in the afternoon.
A short time afterward, the individual was arrested by the Milltown Police and charged with shoplifting and conspiracy to commit shoplifting. The man was identified as Brian Frias. Frias is 24 years old and is from New York, New York. After being charged, Frias was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in North Brunswick. His bail was set at $25,000 without a ten percent option.
The Milltown Police consider this investigation to be active and expect to make more arrests in connection with the robbery.