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Man arrested after stealing nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise from Lowe’s in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A New York man has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 in merchandise from the Flanders Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

On July 19, at 10:04 a.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement Loss Prevention contacted Mount Olive
Police to report a shoplifting.

The officer arrived at the store and the officer was advised the suspect had already left the store. Upon further investigation, it was determined that approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store without payment, police said.

Surrounding agencies were notified with a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle. Then at 7:30 p.m., New Jersey State Police located the suspect, the vehicle and the merchandise reported stolen, police said.

The suspect, who was identified as Mateo Ariastoro, 23, of Queens, NY, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was released pending a court appearance.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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