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Woman arrested for shoplifting from Franklin ShopRite, man still on the loose

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – The woman accused of shoplifting from the Franklin Borough ShopRite in 2019 has been arrested. However, police are still searching for the man, according to Franklin Borough Police Department Detective Lieutenant Nevin Mattessich.

Marianne Murphy, 55, of Bloomingdale was recently charged with one count of shoplifting and lodged in the Keough-Dwyer Correctional Facility, Mattessich said.

(Photo: Courtesy Franklin Borough Police Department)

Murphy was identified after her image, which was depicted in video surveillance, was identified through the use of facial recognition technology, Mattessich said.

The man depicted in the video surveillance is still being sought, Mattessich said.

(Photo: Courtesy Franklin Borough Police Department)

The incident occurred on July 30, 2019 at around 9:52 a.m. at the ShopRite in Franklin Borough, Mattessich said.

Murphy and the man had “paid” stickers on hand that they allegedly affixed to the merchandise as they proceeded through the store. They then left the store without purchasing the merchandise, Mattessich said..

Items stolen included an air conditioning unit and miscellaneous items. The value of the merchandise is near $1,000.00. Murphy also attempted to take an LCD television, Mattessich said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Flora at 973-827-7700 extension 237 or Lieutenant Mattessich at 973-827-7700 extension 231.

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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