EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Although he was caught by store security and pursued by the East Brunswick Police Department on at least one recent prior occasion, a shoplifter returned to Wal-Mart in a failed attempt to add to the over $6,000 worth of electronics and computers he had already stolen.
On November 7, 2019, at approximately 4:18 pm, patrol units responded to 290 Highway 18 (Walmart) to the report of a shoplifting in progress. Dispatch advised that a white male in a black sweatshirt wearing a hat and holding a blue duffel bag had stolen items and left the store.
The suspect was observed by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention staff running toward the transportation building. Patrol units checked the parking building along with the surrounding area with negative results. Loss Prevention provided officers with a picture of the subject which was forwarded to the patrol units in the area. The suspect was wanted in connection with other shoplifting that occurred in the previous two weeks, according to a report issued by the East Brunswick Police Department.
On November 12, 2019, Patrol Units were dispatched to Walmart again to assist with a possible shoplifter inside the store. The suspect had managed to avoid detection and had reportedly stolen over $6,000.00 in electronics and computers from the store and was back yet again.
Officers located the male in the rear of the store pushing a shopping cart filled with range finders and other electronics. Upon viewing the officers, the suspect abandoned the shopping cart and attempted to walk away. The suspect was later detained and identified as Paul Clawges, 29 of Monroe Township. Clawges was positively identified as the same individual who had been captured shoplifting on store surveillance video on seven separate days, say police.
Back at headquarters, Clawges admitted to shoplifting from Walmart over an approximate one-month long period. Clawges was charged with Shoplifting and Possession of Stolen Property.