Cedar Knolls Shoplifter Punched, Shoved Walmart Employee

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP —  Hanover Township Police Officers Weaver, Camasta, and Garrison responded to Walmart on a report of a theft and strong-arm robbery on Saturday, May 16.

A store employee noticed that a Hispanic male not scanning every item he intended to purchase and was only scanning some items.

When confronted by the store employee, the suspect refused to produce his receipt. The suspect then punched the store employee in the face, shoved him, and fled the store with the stolen merchandise.

The encounter was captured by the store’s surveillance system. Detectives followed up on May 18 and 19 and were able to identify Tyler R. Negron, 21, Cedar Knolls, as the suspect.

Detectives established surveillance at Negron’s residence and arrested him when he came outside on Thursday, May 21.

Negron was charged with second-degree strong-arm robbery, as well as, simple assault, theft, and shoplifting. Negron was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his court appearance.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint or summons is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.