Garfield NJ police are searching for two men who allegedly stole spray paint and used it to commit vandalism on school property.
Garfield police officers reportedly observed the aftermath of vandalism at the Garfield Board of Education building, which is located along Passaic Street and Marsellus Place. The police officers saw a construction tarp at the school district building that had reportedly been defaced with spray paint.
Authorities believe that the suspects stole the paint from the Walmart store on Passaic Street in Garfield, New Jersey. The theft incident allegedly occurred not long after 2:00 a.m., while the vandalism incident allegedly happened approximately 15 minutes later.
The Garfield Police Department is actively looking into both the shoplifting and the vandalism. Investigators do not currently have any leads in the case.
Law enforcement recently announced a $100 reward for anyone who provides information leading to arrest and conviction of the culprits.
If the suspects are identified and apprehended, they will likely be subject to criminal charges for shoplifting and criminal mischief. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11(b), shoplifting may be classified as a third degree crime if the retail value of the stolen items exceeds $500. A conviction for third degree shoplifting could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone with information about the Walmart shoplifting or subsequent vandalism should call Garfield police investigators at 973-478-8500.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Officials Offer Reward in Garfield Shoplifting, Vandalism Probe.”