HAMILTON, NJ --  A routine review of surveillance tapes by Walmart employees showed more than bargain shoppers, the Hamilton Township Police Department has announced. 

According to a report law enforcement was called to the Walmart located at 1750 Nottingham Way on September 19 after employees from Walmart Loss Prevention, while reviewing surveillance footage, observed a suspected shoplifter remove multiple items for sale and exit the store via the Lawn and Garden Center door without paying for them. The episode is said to have taken place on August 5.

Loss Prevention employees explained to the police officials that the according to the video the suspect entered the store riding a handicap shopping cart sometime after midnight on the night of the incident. The video allegedly shows him placing items at the exit door of the Garden Center before spray painting the surveillance camera with black paint. The suspect is then said to have left the store only to return a short time later, again riding the handicap shopping cart.

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Once at the rear door of the Garden Center, the suspect was seen on the surveillance tape running from the store with the stolen items in a trash can. Hamilton officers confirmed that the suspect left the Walmart in a white Ford work van, with unknown license plates and a ladder on the roof rack.  

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35-45 years of age, with short brown hair, and a full beard.  He is further seen on the surveillance footage at the time of this incident wearing a gray T-shirt, black sweat pants and white sneakers.

Individuals with information regarding this incident should contact Hamilton Police Detective Lawrence MacArthur at (609) 689-5827 or via email at lmacarthur@hamiltonpd.org.  Information also can be left on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4008.


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