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Woman charged after allegedly stealing from Rite Aid, resisting arrest in Lopatcong Twp

LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County)  – An Essex County woman is facing charges after allegedly shoplifting from Rite Aid and then resisting arrest Wednesday.

On May 6, at around 6:15 p.m., officers responded to the Rite Aid, located at the St. Luke’s Hillcrest Plaza, for a shoplifting in progress. It was reported that two women were concealing multiples items and had left the store. A description of one of the females was provided to responding officers, police said.

A woman, later identified as Nikia Edmounds, 24, of Newark, matched the description and was seen walking away from a black Nissan Altima that was parked in front of the Big Lots with an unidentified female in the driver’s seat.

Edmounds was told that she was being detained for shoplifting and then resisted arrest with the officer for several minutes. The officer gained control of Edmounds and she was then handcuffed, police said.

During the struggle with Edmounds the Black Nissan fled the area and police are actively investigating the identity of the other female, police said.

Edmounds was charged with fourth-degree shoplifting and fourth-degree resisting arrest. She was released pending a court appearance at Warren County Superior Court, police said.

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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