Hoboken police arrested two men after they each separately attempted to shoplift from a local Walgreens on the same day only an hour apart, according to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department.
On Sept. 14 at about 8:26 a.m. Officer Ramon Calderon was dispatched to the Walgreens at 101 Washington St. on a report of a shoplifting.
A description of the alleged shoplifter and the direction in which he left was broadcast over the police radio.
Officer Calderon conducted a search for the man before responding to Walgreens and stopped a man who matched the description in the area of 77 River St.
Lieutenant Edmond Drishti and Sergeant David Olivera responded as backup.
The man was identified as Newark resident Dwayne McMillian, 50, and after an on-scene investigation, police arrested McMillian for alleged shoplifting.
Police informed him that he was being placed under arrest for shoplifting and asked him to turn around so he may be handcuffed.
McMillian allegedly removed his facial shield, moved close to Officer Calderon, Lt. Drishti, and Sgt. Olivera and allegedly purposefully began coughing in their faces.
McMillian was turned around, and as officers were placing handcuffs on him, he allegedly continued to cough in their direction.
McMillian was transported to police headquarters and charged with Throwing Bodily Fluid at Law Enforcement Officer, Shoplifting, and Hindering Apprehension.
McMillian’s charges were placed on a warrant, and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Center.
That same day, about an hour later at 9:23 a.m. Officer R. Calderon was at the Walgreens at 101 Washington St. gathering information on the previous shoplifting incident when an employee of Walgreens alerted Officer Calderon of a shoplifting in progress.
Officer Calderon stopped the accused suspect for investigation.
Officer Calderon notified dispatch of a second shoplifting incident, and Officer Anthony Olivera and Officer Frank Francolino responded as backup.
The suspect was identified as Jersey City resident Anthony Crossin, 30.
The investigation led to police arresting and charging Crossin with alleged Shoplifting.
Police searched Crossin and found a hypodermic syringe allegedly in his possession.
Crossin was transported to headquarters for processing and charged with Shoplifting, Hindering Apprehension, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe.
At headquarters, police discovered that the Los Angeles County Sheriff of California wanted Crossin for Robbery.
As a result of the warrant, Crossin was additionally charged with Fugitive from Justice.
Crossin also had a warrant out of Harrison NJ.
All Crossin’s charges were placed on warrants, and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Center.
Both Crossin and McMillian are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.