SPARTA, NJ – The wife of a contractor has been charged with stealing televisions from a construction site at which her husband worked. On October 12 Sparta Police investigated the theft of a four 40” Samsung televisions from a commercial office space being renovated on Fischer’s Lane, according to police.
Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley initiated the investigation into the theft valued at $1315.96. The Sparta Detective Bureau took over the investigation. Detectives McCarrick and Hassloch identified Ruth Hook, 44 as the suspect, based on interviews and surveillance video, police report.
Hook, a Hamburg resident, had gotten into the office using a spare key made available to the subcontractors while they were working on the site, police report.
On December 12, warrants were issued for Hook. She was charged with burglary and theft of movable property. Hook was arrested and taken to Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility to await a court hearing.
Hook has been in trouble with police before, including being charged with theft of a dead person's credit card. Having worked as a health aid in 2015, Hook was arrested for running up more than $99,000 in credit card charges according to statements made by New Jersey State Police at the time of the arrest.
In September, 2016 Hook pled guilty and was sentenced to four years probation including a 364 day home detention program. She had to undergo a mental health evaluation, submit a DNA sample, complete 200 hours of community service, write a 500 word letter of apology to the victim's family and pay $46,000 in restitution, according to court documents.