BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- There must have been something in the water (at least in the shrimp tank) on April 24. There was not just one but two separate incidents of perpetrators stealing bags of frozen shrimp from the Stop & Shop on Franklin Street in Bloomfield.
First was Pedro Rivera of Newark. Rivera was reported to police when he was spotted running from the store to the Grove Street train station. The officers located the suspect who admitted to stealing four bags of shrimp, valued at $80.00. The shrimp was still in his possession. He was arrested, transported to HQ, processed and charged with shoplifting.
Later in the day, Erky Luna of Newark was stopped by the loss prevention team at Stop & Shop after he was seen placing three two-pound bags of frozen shrimp in his pants. The value of the shrimp was $84.00. Once Bloomfield police arrived Luna was arrested and charged with shoplifting, pending a court date.
Both incidences appear to be unrelated.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.