Shoplift­ing sting nets il­le­gal drugs and an un­li­censed gun

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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).

SEX­TON

AUD­IFFRED

MCVAUGH

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