FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a shoplifting incident that resulted in a motor vehicle pursuit with the suspect successfully eluding police on Sunday morning.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., asset protection officers from the Target store located on Route 46 East contacted police after they confronted a shoplifter who attempted to leave the store with about $660 worth of merchandise without paying. According to police, the suspect—described as a tall, older black male—ran to a gray Honda Pilot with tinted windows after being confronted and fled onto Route 46 East.

Officer Nicholas Cocchi located the suspect vehicle traveling east on Route 46 and attempted to stop vehicle. According to the officer, the driver of the Honda attempted to elude him by increasing his speed and driving evasively. Based upon the circumstances, Fairfield police terminated the pursuit. According to police, other law enforcement agencies also engaged the vehicle, but the suspect successfully eluded apprehension.

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“The department is presently working on some investigative leads, and I am confident that charges will be filed against the suspect soon and that he will be arrested,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna.

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