BAYONNE, NJ – The case of a near lifetime supply of toothpaste that was taken from a Bayonne pharmacy has been solved.

Marcos Baez, 40, of Isabella Avenue, was charged with four counts of shoplifting after police identified him as the person responsible for stealing more than $1,000 worth of toothpaste, according to a police release.

Police were called to the Rite Aid at 12-16 North Street at 7:49 a.m. on Wednesday for a shoplifting call. Police arrested Baez at the scene and initially charged  him with stealing $179.44 worth of merchandise.  

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According to police, further investigation led to investigators to charge Baez with two prior incidents at the store, where police said he took $1,017.20 worth of toothpaste on Monday and June 28.  Officers also charged Baez with taking $180.98 worth of deodorant from the Quick Chek at 260-280 Broadway on Monday.

Aside from the four shoplifting charges, Baez was also charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was taken to Hudson County Jail.