A 26-year old, Jersey City resident is behind bars at the Hudson County Correctional facility after committing three, separate crimes in Hoboken on Monday.
According to Hoboken Police Detective Sergeant Jonathan Mecka, Michael Contey’s first crime was committed sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. yesterday when he attempted to steal approximately $3,000 worth of cosmetics from the CVS located at 59 Newark Street. He has been charged with shoplifting.
At about 6 p.m. Hoboken Police were dispatched to a liquor store at 7th Street and Park Avenue. When officers arrived, an employee told them a man, who turned out to be Contey, entered the business’ storage room through a side entrance. The owner’s two dogs confronted the man, barking loudly. The employee went to the storage room to find the man running out of the store, with the dogs chasing him.
Mecka says one of the employees followed in pursuit, but after several blocks, Contey got away. Contey was later charged with burglary. Police say the liquor he tried to steal was worth $100.
Finally, at approximately 6:35 p.m., police responded to the Walgreens at 101 Washington Street on a robbery report. When police got there, you guessed it, they arrested Contey and charged him with trying to steal $1,000 worth of cosmetics. Employees of the store told police he tried to leave without paying.
Apparently Contey tried to fight his way out of the store. Thankfully, no individuals were hurt.
During a search of Contey’s person, police recovered heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with drug possession.