Police: Man Stole From ShopRite, Threatened Security With Needles

A Camden man tried to steal four bottles of alcohol before fighting with security officers.


A Camden man threatened ShopRite security officers with hypodermic needles, Cinnaminson police said today, as he tried steal alcohol from the store.

At 8:17 p.m., Jan. 9, police were dispatched to ShopRite for a theft in progress. Police found a male subject physically fighting with store security. The subject ran from police but was apprehended in the parking lot. He resisted arrest, police said.

The subject had allegedly taken four bottles of Johnnie Walker Red and tried to leave without paying. When security approached the suspect, he threatened them with hypodermic needles. 

The suspect is identified as James C. Johnson Jr., 54, of Spruce Street in Camden. He was charged with robbery, resisting arrest, possession of a hypodermic needle, and shoplifting.

He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $30,000 bail.

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John January 13, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Do not think that would solve the problem....besides they paid for the right to sell liquor so your going to give them back money, do not think thats an option....shop lifting is with us no matter what, just like speeders, people who do not stop at stop signs and flooding from the river....I can go on but it would do no good....have a good one
Mark January 13, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Your thought process is nothing more than a typical politicians knee jerk reaction when something does not go right, lets just get rid of it or ban everything. How about we look at the issue and work on correcting that. This country has lost it's common sence!
Alison Perry January 14, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I wonder how many legitimate sales vs. number of thefts? I'd bet they're doing a brisk liquor business and dealing with theft attempts is a cost of doing business. It's time for the owners to take a look at re-designing the liquor area to make it less attractive to attempt to steal the liquor. While the open concept is very convenient to shoppers, it give the false impression that it's easy to steal from there. The number of police reports regarding the people caught stealing just proves that appearances are deceiving. And while they're at it, maybe they can do something about the overwhelming smell in the seafood area.
John January 14, 2013 at 07:29 PM
@Mark, not a politician but the facts are facts...overassessed houses, high taxes, and no matter where U go there will always be people that try and take advantage of U....I would think that the flooding in that area should have been solved a long time ago but turtles do not stick there head out to often to see the problems...good luck
Dan Reynolds January 15, 2013 at 03:42 AM
They should block off the booze and beer with portable walls.. have the only entrance and checkout be near the existing counters. They should remodel it so its more like the Wegmans in Moorestown, where its a separate store inside the other store. I'd think that would help cut down on the thefts.


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