The suspect, a 47-year-old man from Elmwood Park, reportedly walked into the Macy’s around 1:00pm and tried to steal a Breville coffee maker.
A store security guard reportedly confronted the suspect as he headed for the exit. That’s when the suspect allegedly assaulted the guard, which involved multiple punches being thrown to the guard’s head and face.
After the suspect exited the building, a Wayne police detective who was on patrol outside the store noticed him and stopped him for questioning. The cop reportedly recognized the suspect as someone with a history of theft crime arrests and convictions, including prior convictions for credit card theft and burglary.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with robbery by force, a crime that carries severe penalties.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect secured his release from police custody. He will have to make an appearance in Passaic County Superior Court at a later date to answer the criminal charges against him.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Coffee Maker Thief Mugged Security Guard During Getaway, Cops Say.”