MOONACHIE, N.J. -- Moonachie police made their 49th and 50th arrests in Teterboro in separate incidents at Walmart -- an 11% increase over all of last year.
Melvin Moon, 45, of Paterson pushed a shopping cart with $247 worth of Red Bull and potato chips out of the store without paying before security guards stopped him, Sgt. Anthony Fugnitti said Tuesday.
Besides shoplifting, he was charged possession of drug paraphernalia -- three needles and a crack pipe -- Fugnitti said.
Soon after, 30-year-old Eric Prokop of Lodi with chaged with walking out of Walmart with two My Passport ultra hard drives valued at $168.
Security officers identified him as having taking two Apple TV units worth nearly $400 in May, Fugnitti said.
Both were processed and released on summonses.
Moonachie police made 45 Teterboro arrests all of last year.
Before Walmart and Costco opened in Teterboro, Moonachie police averaged seven to 14 arrests a year out of the southern end of the tiny borough. Staffing is a huge issue , all agree.