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Shoplifting Suspect Attempts to Stab Bloomfield Stop & Shop Manager


By: Richard L. Smith 

Bloomfield Police took a suspect in custody who attempted to stab a worker inside a supermarket last week. 

According to police, on Friday, August 4, Bloomfield officers responded to an incident at the Stop & Shop on Franklin Street after receiving reports of a man with a knife.

Police officials said the incident unfolded when a male suspect allegedly attempted to steal health and beauty products valued at $337.93 from the store.

The store manager reported that the suspect concealed the items and left the store without making any payment.

When the manager confronted the suspect in the vestibule, Bloomfield Police officials said the situation escalated.

When the manager confronted the suspect in the vestibule, the situation escalated.

The suspect, identified as Mr. Justin Anderson, 29, from Newark, brandished a box cutter and threatened the manager, creating a tense and dangerous standoff.

Law enforcement arrived promptly and managed to locate the suspect near the store.

Anderson was arrested without further incident and taken into custody. He was then transported to Bloomfield Police Headquarters for processing.