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Police Nab East Orange Serial Shoplifter for Stealing Nearly $1K in Merchandise at Two Bloomfield Businesses


By: Richard L. Smith 

Bloomfield Police alleged serial shoplifter Mr. Rhett Ellis, 59, of East Orange, following two separate thefts from local businesses within a single week.Real EstatePolice said the cumulative value of the stolen merchandise neared the $1,000 mark, highlighting a significant loss to the township's retailers.

According to Bloomfield Police officials, the first incident occurred on January 24th at the CVS located at 331 Broad Street.

Bloomfield officers were dispatched to the scene after a loss prevention officer reported a theft. Mr. Ellis was accused of concealing items and exiting the store without payment.

Police quickly located Ellis in the vicinity, arrested him, and transported him to Bloomfield Police Headquarters for processing.

Despite being released, Ellis's alleged shoplifting spree did not end.

Police say on January 27th, he struck again, this time at another CVS store at 250 Glenwood Avenue.

Store management reported that a male had concealed various cosmetic products and detergent in a bag and then left the premises without making a purchase.

The value of these items was estimated at $527.73. Once again, Ellis was arrested near the scene and taken to police headquarters for further processing.

These incidents underscore the challenges faced by local businesses in dealing with shoplifting and the prompt response of Bloolocal businesses facing retail theft.

Ellis's arrest brings attention to the ongoing efforts to protect local merchants and maintain the integrity of the retail environment in Bloomfield.