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Theft Suspects Wanted for Conspiring to Distract Store Employee to Steal $500 in Newark



By: Najla Alexander 

Authorities in Newark request the public’s help with identifying the suspects who conspired to distract a store employee and take $500 from the cash register at a discount store on September 13, 2023.

Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé reported that police responded to the theft, which occurred at approximately 8:10 p.m. at Wilson Dollar Deals, a dollar store located in the 100 block of Wilson Avenue.

Authorities say on surveillance video that suspect #1 distracted the employee while suspect #2 walked behind the counter and took the money.

Both men left the store and fled westbound on Wilson Avenue towards Napoleon Street, officials said.

According to Newark officials, Suspect #1, described as a Black male, was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt, black pants, and a sky-blue bucket hat.

Officials said suspect #2, described as a Black or Latino male, was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, purple basketball shorts, and black Nike Sandals.

Director Fragé urges anyone with information about the suspects to call the Police Division’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477).