NEWTON, NJ—A Waretown man was arrested twice in one night for two separate incidents, according to Newton police.
The trouble began for 45 year-old Shawn Smith, on Thursday night around 10:45 p.m. when police were called to the Newton Shop-Rite Liquors on the report of a shoplifting. When they arrived they found Smith in the parking lot. He had two 23.5 ounce cans of Mike's Harder Lime hidden in his socks, police report.
Smith was taken into custody and charged with shoplifting. He was released pending a court appearance in Newton Municipal Court on Tuesday, April 25.
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That was not the last time the Newton police would deal with Smith, however. Approximately two hours later they were summoned to the Barrel House on Spring Street. An employee of the Barrel House reported her Apple iphone had been stolen from within the restaurant.
As the police officers investigated they found Smith nearby, on Woodside Avenue drinking alcohol in public. Police found the missing iphone near Smith. The victim from the Barrel House identified Smith as having been at the Barrel House earlier and whom she suspected as having taken her phone.
So it was another trip to the Newton Police Department Headquarters for Smith. This time he was charged with theft of moveable property, consumption of alcohol in a public place and open container of an alcoholic beverage.
Smith was once again released pending a court date.
Newton Ptl. Mahir Kaylani, Ptl, Thomas Tosti, Ptl. Edward Sparling, Sgt. Dean Coppolella and Det. Joseph D'Annibale all took part in the activities regarding Smith.