UPDATE: Smash-and-Grab Burglary Similar to Nationwide Trend for Snipes Stores Around Country Authorities Say

According to police, a little after 12:15 a.m. Linden Police responded to Snipes, a sneaker and clothing store located in Aviation Plaza shopping mall on West Edgar Road, on reports on a burglary in progress.

According to initial reports. 20-30 individuals broke the glass windows and door to the store.

The group then entered the store and stole various merchandise before fleeing in multiple directions police said.

It is unclear if the burglary is related to similar incidents at Snipes stores throughout NJ & Philadelphia area.

Contrary to online reports, however, this was an isolated incident and there is no evidence to suggest this crime is in any way related to earlier protests in the area, which were, by all accounts, entirely peaceful.

The incident remains under investigation by the Linden Police Detective Bureau, and anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Tim Hubert at (908) 474-8532.