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Sparta Woman ID'd as Grocery Store Shoplifter, Police Say

Tipsters help identify woman seen on store surveillance footage, police said.

Photo courtesy of the Sparta Police Department
Photo courtesy of the Sparta Police Department
A Sparta woman has been identified as the shoplifter caught on store security footage leaving the Stop & Shop last week with a cart of unpaid groceries, police said.

Suzzanne E. Piemonte, 45, has been charged with shoplifting after Sparta Police received several anonymous tips when photos of the woman and her Audi SUV were released and posted on the department's Facebook page, Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said.

According to Beebe, the woman was captured on store security footage as she entered the Sparta store on March 30. Surveillance cameras then showed the woman leaving the store with a cart of unpaid groceries that she then loaded into a black Audi SUV and drove away, Beebe said.

Detective Keith Hannam conducted the investigation and was aided by several anonymous tips that identified the woman as Piemonte, Beebe said.

Piemonte was asked to meet with detectives at police headquarters on April 3. She arrived alone and declined to answer questions or make any statements on the advice of an attorney, according to Beebe.

Piemonte is scheduled to appear in Sparta Municipal Court at 6 p.m. on April 16.
Jim Copeland April 09, 2014 at 09:20 AM
The rich have money problems to !
BeachBum April 09, 2014 at 12:22 PM
She related to Hopatcongs shoplifting council member???
jazzman April 09, 2014 at 08:49 PM
Oh now shes sounding more like that ritz family in Sparta i remembering a few years ago got this Thanks Giving Day meal delivered by the church that could have fed a small army ment for only low income hungry children...a mansion with the benzs in the driveway should have gave me my first clue!
roadrunner April 09, 2014 at 11:24 PM
No big deal, a sitting council woman in Hopatcong did the same thing involving a police chase. She got PTI and is still on the town council. Any other town employee would have been fired/removed from their position.
Tammy April 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM
It will be interesting to see the difference in sentencing that's for sure.

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