FAIR LAWN, NJ - A Paterson man was apprehended four times trying to shoplift or trespass after being banned from area drug stores, according to police.
On Aug. 21 at approximately 10 a.m., police responded to the area of CVS Pharmacy, 29-00 Broadway, after a male alleged shoplifter fled from the store. Jose Vasquez, 53, of Paterson, was captured and arrested on Broadway at 27th Street. $85.80 in unpaid items were recovered by store personnel. Vasquez was charged with shoplifting and defiant trespassing, then sent to Bergen County Jail.
On Aug. 23 just before 8:30 a.m., police were again called to the Broadway CVS after a male shoplifter fled the store with unpaid items in a bag. At 10:30 a.m. the same day, police found Vasquez sitting at a bus stop on Fair Lawn Avenue at Chandler Drive with the unpaid items taken earlier on the ground beside him which were valued at $451.36. He was arrested and subsequently released after being charged with shoplifting and defiant trespassing.
Again on Aug. 23, about four hours later at 12:34 p.m., a Fair Lawn police officer patrolling in the area of Walgreens, 17-77 River Road, observed Vasquez enter the store after being arrested earlier in the day for a previous shoplifting. The officer went into Walgreens and observed Vasquez place unpaid items into a bag. Vasquez was arrested without incident with a new set of items totaling $163.46. He was charged with shoplifting, then sent to Bergen County Jail.
On Aug. 27 at approximately 7 a.m., police were called again when Vasquez was recognized entering the CVS on Fair Lawn Avenue where he was no longer allowed and recognized as a frequent shoplifter. Vasquez was once again arrested and charged with defiant trespassing, then sent to Bergen County Jail.
Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.