Township police said a Balsam Way resident, Tracey Testa, 46, faces charges of shoplifting and defiant trespass at the off King George Road after she allegedly slipped packages of ground beef into her purse and left the store without paying for the meat.
According to the police report, Patrol Officer Anthony Severino responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at about 11:40 a.m. on April 12 at the A&P grocery store.
Police said a description of the person suspected of shoplifting was provided, and Severino located the woman in the A&P parking lot based on that description.
According to the police report, store manager Jules Leopold told the officer that the suspected shoplifter, Tracey Testa, allegedly was observed putting packages of ground beef into her purse and that she left the A&P without paying for the items.
Leopold also told Severino he had informed Testa sometime in the past that she would no longer be allowed on store property because of what he said was a previous incident of shoplifting, the police report said.
Police said Severino allegedly located two packages of ground beef in Testa’s purse and placed her under arrest on charges of shoplifting and defiant trespass. The value of the stolen meat was set at approximately $15, police said.
Testa was transported to headquarters where she was processed and released on her own recognizance, the police report said.