Officer Ensures Alleged Soap Shoplifter Doesn't Escape Clean on Second Attempt

Jason Lee, of Paterson, was charged Sunday with two counts of shoplifting and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Paterson man whom say stole items from the CVS Pharmacy on River Road on two separate occasions over the weekend, was apprehended following the second attempt, Sgt. Richard Schultz said.

Jason Lee, 40, was charged with two counts of shoplifting and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia Sunday after an officer tracked him down in Paterson, near 2nd Avenue and 24th Street, following the second reported shoplifting from the River Road CVS in as many days, police said.

Police responded to a call from the pharmacy Friday that a shoplifter had fled the store on foot with four bagged bottles of Tide laundry detergent, but were unable to locate the suspect at the time.

Two days later, a shoplifter -- whom police say turned out to be the same shoplifter -- struck again. This time, equipped with a physical description, direction of flight and type of items stolen, the nearby Officer Joseph Mecionis quickly apprehended the suspect in Paterson -- later identified as Lee -- and transported him back to police headquarters, Schultz said.

Police reports state that, through his investigation, Mecionis determined that Lee was the same man who had stolen detergent from the pharmacy two days earlier.

Lee was formally charged with shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia and remanded to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail with no 10 percent option.


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Zak Koeske August 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Haha, cop cards are available for all officers on the FLPD website. http://www.fairlawnpd.com/cop_cards/cop_cards.htm
TIDE August 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
i guess Jason Lee was hoping for a "clean" get away
Teamwork August 14, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Great job to Police Officer Mecionis and Sgt Corcoran
Go Figure August 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Where did the article mention a sgt corcoran? If it was missed, congrats!
JDBlackhawk October 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Putting a CVS right across the bridge from Paterson, better have an officer assigned there 24/7 as this is likely to happen regularly. This is why almost every major retailer left Paterson long ago. so now crooks have to come here to steal. Great, just what Fair lawn doesn't need, more perps. Remember, next time you need help, try calling a criminal and let me know how that works out. God bless FLPD.


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