Whatever it is that gives people the impression that Target stores are easy marks for shoplifting, police in Ocean and Monmouth Counties intend to dispel the notion. And that goes for other big shopping-center anchor stores as well.

Hooper Avenue Target (Google Maps)
Hooper Avenue Target (Google Maps)

Atlantic City suspect in Stafford had heroin, police say

John A. Sauer III, 34, of Brigantine, and David L. Goheen, 21, of Atlantic City, were apprehended in the Stafford Township Target and charged with shoiplifting on the night of May 11, and police say that Goheen was found with a quantity of heroin.

Police who responded to the report of suspicious activity at about 8:40 PM say that the pair were trying to boost various items, and that Goheen failed in a brief attempt to run from officers.

In addition to the shopliftng count, Goheen faces charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. He was released, while Sauer was turned over to Brigantine police, who authorities said had a traffic warrant for him.

New Yorkers charged with credit card fraud in Stafford

Two New York women charged with credit-card fraud and theft by deception at Dick's Sporting Goods in Stafford are suspected of pulling off the same scam at other branches of the chain in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, according to township police.

Dick's Sporting Goods
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Demytra Gibbs, 27, and Khadijah Greene, 24, of Brooklyn, were arrested the night of  May 13.

Alert store managers acted on information circulated throughout the regional stores, notifying police at about 10:19 PM that the women, and their car, matched the issued descriptions.

Police said that both women had numerous, fraudulent Dick's gift cards and merchandise.

Gibbs and Greene were detained at the Ocean County Jail in Toms River while investigators determine if more charges will be applied. Information concerning the case can be given to Detective Levi McVey, 609-597-8581, ext. 8441.

Monmouth shoplifting suspect foiled, prostitution crackdown continues

The Asbury Park woman accused of palming goods in the Target of Ocean Township on May 11 was already wanted by the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office for a separate episode in Target on May 3, according to township police.

Renee Cook, 51, was charged with two counts of shoplifting and turned over to the Sheriff's Department.

Later the same day, two women and a man in an Ocean Township motel room were rounded up on prostitution and drug charges.

Police did not identify the Route 35 motel where detectives said they spotted suspicious activity at about 10:02 PM.

Their probe led to them to a room occupied by Brooke Welch, 31, of Neptune, Nakishia Sarson, 39, of Asbury Park, and Michael Sarson, 48, of Elkton, Maryland.

Police allege that the women were engaged in prostitution, and that all three were carrying drugs.

In addition to the prostitution counts, Welch is charged with possession of heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and Nakishia and Michael Sarson are charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Michael Sarson is also charged with obstruction.

Welch and Michael Sarson were released to await court proceedings. Nakishia Sarson was transferred to the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office to answer a separate warrant, police said.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty 

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