Shoplifting sting nets illegal drugs and an unlicensed gun
Newark Police Department officers conducting a shoplifting sting at the College Square Kmart recovered illegal drugs and an unlicensed gun last week.
As part of a holiday shoplifting enforcement initiative, plainclothes officers from the department’s Special Operations Unit have been positioned in stores around the city in an attempt to identify and arrest people who are stealing.
Just after 11 p.m. Dec. 21, officers noticed a shopper who appeared to have a gun.
“One of the officers observed a subject, later identified as Jonathan Audiffred, making movements that indicated to officers that Audiffred was possibly in possession of a handgun that was concealed on his hip,” NPD spokesman
Lt. Fred Nelson said. “Upon closer in- spection of Audiffred, an officer observed what he believed to be the imprint of a portion of a handgun under Audiffred’s clothing.”
The officers stopped him outside of the store and recovered a Taurus PT111 Pro 9mm handgun concealed in his waistband, Nelson said. The gun was loaded and had a bullet in the chamber.
Audiffred, a 25-year-old Newark resident who does not have a permit to carry the gun, was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and released on $5,000 unsecured bond.
The next day, around 9:30 p.m., officers staking out the Kmart saw a man and woman walk out with a $450 television they had not paid for, Nelson said. Kylie McVaugh and Brandon Sexton, both 36-year-old residents of Newark, were issued summonses for shoplifting and conspiracy. McVaugh was also charged with drug possession after officers discovered she was carrying Suboxone and Alprazolam (commonly known as Xanax).