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Atlantic City Woman Found Guilty of Having Stolen Rent-A-Center Safe, TV in Connection to Riot

Atlantic County

By: Yuritza Arroyo

Authorities in Atlantic County announced that on March 15th, a jury convicted Darlene Garrison, 50, of Atlantic City, of third-degree receiving stolen property.

According to officials, the guilty verdict came after a two-day trial.

Atlantic City Police said on May 31, 2020; officers were addressing looting, property damage, and rioting in the city.

Following reports of a large group breaking into the Rent-A-Center store, police responded and found the defendant in her motor vehicle behind the store, with a large safe and television inside.


According to Police, an investigation confirmed that both items had been stolen from that location.

The jury found Garrison guilty of theft by possessing the safe and television and knowing each to be stolen.

The jury was deadlocked on the 4th-degree charge of rioting. Sentencing is scheduled for April 21.

Garrison faces a term of probation and a maximum of 3 to 5 years in state prison.

In the summer of 2020, following an extensive investigation by ACPD, approximately 80 individuals were charged in connection with committing crimes and disorderly offenses during the unrest on May 31, 2020.