A Manalapan man was arrested in Trenton, along with another man, for allegedly stealing merchandise from a Dollar Store location. Stephen Gress, 37, is accused of shattering glass to gain entry to the store and was allegedly found in possession of merchandise taken from the store. Gress is now facing charges for burglary, theft, and possessing a burglar’s tools.
Gress will be subject to serious consequences if convicted of the various charges against him. Under N.J.S.A 2C:18-2, burglary is a third-degree felony in New Jersey, and carries harsh potential penalties including 3-5 years in prison. Penalties could increase to 5-10 years in prison if Gress is alleged to have been armed with a deadly weapon at the time of the crime, or to have inflicted bodily injury on another person or threatened or attempted bodily harm during the course of the commission of the alleged burglary.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3(a), the charges for theft could carry a range of potential penalties depending on whether the offense is classified as a disorderly persons offense, with less than $200 worth of merchandise allegedly stolen, or whether over $200 worth of merchandise is at issue. As a disorderly persons offense, theft carries potential penalties of up to 6 months in prison. If more merchandise is at issue, then the charges and penalties increase based on the amount at issue, escalating to potential maximums of 18 months in jail for theft of over $200, 5 years in jail for theft of over $500, and a maximum of 10 years in jail for theft of over $75,000.
Finally, Gress could be facing additional charges for possession of burglary tools under N.J.S.A. 2C:5-5. This offense is a disorderly persons offense, and could result in up to 6 months in prison.
If you or a loved one are facing theft related charges, contact our office today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help minimize the impact of your charges or even have them dismissed.