Shoplifter gets no sympathy from judge http://www.privateofficer.com
Norvella Brown, 48, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Anderson police.
Monday, she pleaded with Judge Ken Mattison to allow her time to pay the $1,087.50 fine so that she could get out of jail and keep her job as a “chef at Hardee’s.”
“You have an extensive record of thievery all over this part of the world,” said Judge Mattison in denying her request.
According to the incident report, Ms. Brown used wire cutters Friday to remove security wire from the purses and attempted to hide the purses in a rack of clothes when confronted.
Monday, Ms. Brown begged the judge to trust her.
“I don’t trust you,” Judge Mattison said. “You’re a thief, ma’am.”
At that, Ms. Brown returned to her seat in the Anderson Municipal Court, sobbing at a level that caught the judge’s attention.
“Ma’am, please be quiet,” he said. “This is not your first rodeo.”
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Township police said they received a call at 7:19 a.m. Thursday from Crystal Brown, a security officer at the Route 1 mall, advising that through security cameras she was watching three people break into the Piercing Pagoda kiosk.
While individual stores are not open for business at that hour, the mall itself is open for use as an exercise venue by so-called “mall walkers,” police said.
Brown told police she had watched on the cameras as the suspects walked around different parts of the mall in what police believe was an effort to blend in with the exercise-seekers.
Lawrence officers, aided by West Windsor officers, quickly secured the mall’s exits. Two of the suspects — Dantay Robinson, 38, of Philadelphia and a 17-year-old male whose name was not released — were detained as they tried to leave by Officers Robert Loveless, Richard Laird, Ronald Buchanan and Thomas Everist, police said.
The final suspect, Jerome Faison, 39, of Philadelphia, was followed on the surveillance cameras by Brown and, after a brief foot chase, was arrested by Sgt. Timothy Drew and Detective Joseph Lech, police said.
Police said the trio had stolen about $470 worth of jewelry from the kiosk.
All three were charged with burglary, theft, and possession of burglary tools, police said, noting that Faison was also charged with resisting arrest and both he and Robinson were charged with employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime.
Lech and Officer Ed Budzinski are continuing the investigation.
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