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Jackson Supermarket Shoplifting Suspect Charged

Bail adds up to $40,000 for a Jackson man suspected of shoplifting at two supermarkets in the township.

Jamie Barnes II, 29, was apprehended Monday after leading cops on a chase from the Shop Rite lot on North County Line Road through nearby woods, according to information from township police.

He’s accused of stealing grocery and other items totalling about $3,700, and also wanted on warrants in Freehold Township, police said.

Loss prevention officers at the Stop and Shop on West County Line Road who reported it told investigators that the suspect resembled a shoplifting suspect who had escaped them previously, had walked out with a cart full of goods, but was spotted and took off empty-handed, police said.

Police Officer Joe Candido gathered a description through surveillance images and matched it to a Facebook page, on a tip from a store employee, police said.

Soon after, Officer Kevin Chesney spotted Barnes in the Shop Rite lot and attempted to interact, triggering the chase. Candido cornered Barnes in the wooded patch while Chesney circled around to a clearing on North Cooksbridge Road, police said.

Investigators contend that Barnes had taken items worth more than $3,500 from the Stop and Shop, and worth about $200 from the Shop Rite.

An Ocean County judge set bail at $20,000 on charges of obstruction, hindering arrest, resisting arrest and eluding. An additional $20,000 was tacked on for the shoplifting counts.

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