Shoplifting Turned Robbery in The Grove

On October 9, 2021, at about 1253 hours, Newark Police responded to the Acme store in The Grove (formerly College Square Shopping Center) for a report of a shoplifting.  Arriving officers found that two females loaded a shopping cart with merchandise and began to exit the store without paying.  An employee told the suspects to stop and one of the suspects threatened to spray the employee with a chemical agent, while pointing it at the employee.  The suspects fled on foot northbound.  The victim employee was not injured.

The suspects are described as two black females,  between 25-35 years of age and 5’5″ tall.  One suspect had long braids and was wearing a gray and black leopard or zebra sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.  She was armed with the chemical agent.  The other suspect was wearing dark sweatpants and a dark sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Officer P. Klein at (302) 366-7100 x. 3480 or  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.