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Shoplifter Arrested in Fairfield Following Foot Pursuit

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — After police said Alexander Wehmeyer, 26, of Patterson attempted to take $865 in baby formula from the Target located on Route 46, Fairfield Police arrested of Alexander Wehmeyer him for shoplifting, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest on Thursday.

According to police, asset protection personnel from Target reported at approximately 4:09 p.m. that there was a shoplifting incident in progress. As Target security continued to monitor the suspect’s actions, officers were dispatched to the location

Wehmeyer eventually tried to push the cart with formula out of the doors without paying for it, according to police. When asset protection officers attempted to stop him, police said Wehmeyer then fled on foot into the parking lot and several officers attempted to apprehend him.

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The suspect then fled into a wooded area behind 80 Little Falls Road and was finally taken into custody by Officers Christopher Hlubik, Sean McCormack and Jeffrey Dean.

In addition to the Fairfield charges, it was discovered that Wehmeyer was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by the Belleville Municipal Court.

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