WAYNE, NJ – On December 23, Wayne police arrested a Newark woman for shoplifting and after charging her and releasing her, the woman stole donated items from a donation bin at town hall while waiting for a ride.
The woman, identified as Deanna Edison from Newark, was detained by loss prevention staff for allegedly shoplifting items from a clothing store at the Willowbrook Mall. Officers from the Wayne police department arrived on scene, arrested the woman and brought her to the Wayne Police Department at the Wayne Municipal Complex.
After booking and charging the woman, she was release by the Wayne Police as per NJ State guidelines.
According to the Wayne Police Department Facebook post, while Edison was waiting for a ride home, she went into the lobby of town hall and stole items from a donation bin. The donated items were being collected for the homeless as part of a program called "The Relief Bus".
The Relief Bus has operated as a mobile resource center for over twenty years, serving the homeless, destitute, substance abuser, unemployed, and anyone in need in metro NYC. The Relief Bus consists of two school buses customized to serve soup and fresh bread out of the serving window. In the front of the buses are counseling/referral offices which connect those in need to vital resources such as shelter, food, job training, detox, and drug or alcohol rehabilitation.
Additional charges will be filed.