Shoplifter iden­ti­fied as Park Com­mis­sion em­ployee

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By Su­laiman Ab­dur-Rah­man Su­laiman@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @sab­durr on Twit­ter

HAMIL­TON » A Mer­cer County Park Com­mis­sion em­ployee has been ar­rested on al­le­ga­tions he stole mer­chan­dise from Wawa.

Gre­gory W. Ar­genti Sr., 71, of Hamil­ton, has been charged with shoplift­ing af­ter po­lice iden­ti­fied him as the brazen man who had fled with $8 worth of un­paid good­ies, au­thor­i­ties said. It took po­lice sev­eral weeks to solve the crime.

About 3:20 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 23, Hamil­ton Po­lice re­sponded to the report of a shoplift­ing that oc­curred at the Wawa con­ve­nience store at 1200 Route 33. “An em­ployee re­ported an older white male with white hair and glasses had taken ap­prox­i­mately $8 in mer­chan­dise from the store and left with­out pay­ing,” po­lice said Thurs­day in a news re­lease.

Detectives re­viewed sur­veil­lance footage of the in­ci­dent and through sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion iden­ti­fied Ar­genti as the at-large shoplifter. Po­lice ar­rested Ar­genti on Mon­day. He was charged, pro­cessed and re­leased from cus­tody pend­ing a fu­ture court ap­pear­ance, po­lice said.

Mer­cer County con­firmed Ar­genti works for the Park Com­mis­sion as a park main­te­nance man and earns $50,038 per year. He has been em­ployed with the county since Septem­ber 2005, of­fi­cials say, and has filed for re­tire­ment ef­fec­tive Aug. 1.

The Tren­to­nian was un­able to de­ter­mine whether Ar­genti’s al­leged shoplift­ing oc­curred dur­ing county time. A county spokes­woman con­firmed Ar­genti’s em­ploy­ment on Fri­day but did not say whether he faces any ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­ci­pline.

The Tren­to­nian has reached out to Ar­genti seek­ing com­ment.

“I’d rather not com­ment,” he told the news­pa­per Fri­day after­noon when reached by tele­phone.

De­spite mak­ing the ar­rest, the shoplift­ing in­ci­dent re­mains un­der ac­tive po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent is urged to con­tact De­tec­tive Frank Palmieri of the Hamil­ton Po­lice Di­vi­sion’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Sec­tion at (609) 5814041 or the Hamil­ton Po­lice Crime Tip Hot­line at (609) 581-4008.

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